Garden To Table
Every student from year 3-6 take part in Garden To Table sessions each term. In this time, students are taught how to grow, harvest, prepare and share their own meals. They are able to take part in practical life skills developed alongside awareness of sustainability and environmentalism. They harvest produce straight from the garden which provides more nutritional benefits and it tastes better too! They learn to use kitchen tools, learn weighing and measuring, and learn about the science of food, all providing links to core curriculum concepts. Everyone sits down to eat together, taking part in the age-old ritual of sharing food. Tamariki are often more adventurous about eating meals from food they have grown and prepared.
Seed saving is an important part of sustainability in our garden. The seeds from plants such as tomatoes, beans and pumpkins that have produced healthy produce are saved for the next season. This not only saves us money but ensures the plants that are grown from the saved seeds are going to yield healthy plants and therefore healthy produce.