Stu­dents win in tree grant

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Hi­lary John­son and Rose Rayner, rep­re­sent­ing Katikati Col­leges’ In­no­va­tive Hor­ti­cul­tural Pro­gramme, re­ceived a cheque for $6000 from Jeanie Sil­ver­thorn, joint Chair­per­son of the Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Tree Crops As­so­ci­a­tion at a re­cent field day.

Jeanie said it was a plea­sure to present the cheque on be­half of the Bay of Plenty branch of Treecrops — half of the prof­its from their an­nual tree sale.

“The tree sale en­cour­ages lo­cal peo­ple to plant fruit trees, and we hope this do­na­tion will sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of hor­ti­cul­tural stu­dents to de­velop the skills that the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try needs.”

The do­na­tion has been used to pur­chase spe­cial­ist tis­sue cul­ture and elec­tron­ics equip­ment so that Katikati Col­lege hor­ti­cul­tural stu­dents can learn up-to-date tech­niques.

That in­cludes sim­ple au­to­ma­tion us­ing the Ar­duino IDE (wa­ter­ing plants, elec­tronic scare­crows, weather mon­i­tor­ing etc), Ar­duino com­pat­i­ble drones, tis­sue cul­ture and hy­dro­pon­ics.

Katikati Col­lege teacher Hi­lary John­son­thanked the branch and ex­plained the new ap­proach to hor­ti­cul­tural learn­ing that is now in place at the col­lege.

Hor­ti­cul­ture at Katikati Col­lege has changed to of­fer a mod­u­lar, flex­i­ble and fu­ture­fo­cused pro­gramme of learn­ing, pro­vid­ing stu­dents with path­ways to many ca­reers avail­able in the di­verse and grow­ing hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try.

“Stu­dents can choose from top­ics in mar­ket­ing, sci­ence, plant man­age­ment, dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and agribusi­ness, se­lect­ing those most rel­e­vant to their plans.

Hor­ti­cul­ture learn­ing is con­tex­tual, with a strong fo­cus on in­no­va­tion.

Pakeke Lion’s Club mem­bers col­lect­ing for Food­bank at Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

BOP Tree Crops As­so­ci­a­tion co-chair Jeanie Sil­ver­thorn presents a cheque for $6000 to teacher Hi­lary John­son and stu­dent Rose Rayner for Katikati Col­lege’s In­no­va­tive Hor­ti­cul­tural pro­gramme.

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