Give the tamariki from Room 7 at Henderson North School a watering can, a wheelbarrow, a grater or a chopping knife and they will grow food and cook it! We began our Garden to Table journey halfway through Term 1 and started harvesting and cooking our produce in the first week of Term 2 (top tip: radishes are one of the quickest crops you can grow!). Along with pink, red and white 'Easter Egg' radishes, the kids have planted pak choi, mesclun, cabbages, 'Purple Dragon' carrots (purple on the outside and orange on the inside), crimson-flowering 'Hughey' broad beans, sugar snap peas, leeks, celery and spring onions. So far we've eaten green salads, rhubarb crumble, pasta, stir-fries and green fritters - yum!
We've also planted some Mediterranean herb gardens under our verandas, daffodil bulbs for spring and are planting a herbal ley of beneficial plants beneath the trees in our school orchard. We have had excellent support from Bunnings and Awapuni Nurseries and we're getting a new kitchen thanks to The Trusts Million Dollar Mission and Moda Kitchens. We couldn't do it without the enthusiasm and expertise of our fantastic volunteers from Waitakere Gardens retirement village. Not only do they help in the garden and kitchen, but because of the relationship the village has developed with our school due to Garden to Table, residents are now coming in to help out with reading. Not only our kids leaning to grow and cook food but we're also strengthening community ties - ka mau te wehi!
Rachel, Henderson North School