Students win in tree grant
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.
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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.