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Programme Coordinator role, Wellington


Wednesday, October 19, 2016   |   Linda Taylor

We're looking for a new Programme Coordinator in Wellington to support our Garden to Table schools and be the local face of Garden to Table! This is a 15 hour per week position (excluding school holidays) and an opportunity to really make a difference in the way our children think about food.

You will be the key contact person for our Wellington Area Garden to Table Schools and will sell the programme to potential schools and support existing schools with all aspects of programme implementation, including encouragement and trouble-shooting, arranging Garden to Table training, events and fundraising, to name just a few!

Read more…

Niki Bezzant appointed Ambassador for Garden to Table


Monday, September 26, 2016   |   Linda Taylor

Niki Bezzant, well-known health and nutrition commentator and editor-in-chief of NZ’s top-selling food magazine, Healthy Food Guide, has been announced today as an Ambassador for Garden to Table.

Ms Bezzant is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to our childhood obesity crisis, with New Zealand ranked the third most obese country in the OECD. One in nine children in New Zealand is obese (11 per cent) - about 85,000. A further 22 per cent are overweight - about 170,000.“The recent report from the World Health Organisation Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is a blueprint for what we need to do.

Read more…

Area Coordinator Role, Northland


Monday, August 22, 2016   |   Linda Taylor

We're looking for a new Area Coordinator in Northland (from Whangarei to Kaitaia), to support our Garden to Table schools and be the local face of Garden to Table! This is a 15 hour per week position (excluding school holidays) and an opportunity to really make a difference in the way our children think about food.

You will be the key contact person for our Northland Garden to Table Schools and will sell the programme to potential schools and support existing schools with all aspects of programme implementation, including encouragement and trouble-shooting, arranging Garden to Table training, and fundraising, to name just a few!

Read more…

Join us at VISA Wellington on a Plate!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016   |   Linda Taylor

We very excited to be involved with Visa Wellington on a Plate this year!

Together with Lewis Road Creamery and Nairn Street Cottage, we are offering "A Taste of Old: Pioneer Cooking for Kids" on Saturday 13th 20th August, and Sunday 14th and 21st August.

Read more…

Announcing Al Brown and our Online Programme


Friday, June 24, 2016   |   Linda Taylor

Al Brown lends support to children’s food education charity

The simple act of planting a seed as a child can sow a lifetime of love for fresh produce and home-made food. This is the vision of NZ food education charity Garden to Table, which is encouraging every child in New Zealand to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.

 

Read more…

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We're looking for a new Programme Coordinator in Wellington to support our Garden to Table schools and be the local face of Garden to Table! This\n is a 15 hour per week position (excluding school holidays) and an opportunity to really make a difference in the way our children think about food.

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You will be the key contact person for our Wellington Area Garden to Table Schools and will sell the programme to potential schools and support existing\n schools with all aspects of programme implementation, including encouragement and trouble-shooting, arranging Garden to Table training, events\n and fundraising, to name just a few!

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Role Requirements

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You don't have to be a skilled cook or gardener, but you MUST care about good, fresh produce and supporting children\n as they discover a love for the kitchen and garden. You'll be an upbeat problem-solver with a positive, 'can-do' attitude, who is willing to go\n the extra mile. You'll be comfortable working with kids in a classroom situation and with school principals one minute and talking to corporate\n sponsors the next. You will need to be a well organised administrator and be able to work independently from home.

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If this sounds like you, please take a moment to read the vision, mission and values of Garden to Table, and then forward your CV and cover letter\n to info@gardentotable.org.nz.

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Please click here to download a position description. 

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5 PM MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2016.\n

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Niki Bezzant, well-known health and nutrition commentator and editor-in-chief of NZ’s top-selling food magazine, Healthy Food Guide, has been announced today as an Ambassador for Garden to Table.\n

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Ms Bezzant is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to our childhood obesity crisis, with New Zealand ranked the third most obese country in the\n OECD. One in nine children in New Zealand is obese (11 per cent) - about 85,000. A further 22 per cent are overweight - about 170,000.“The recent report\n from the World Health Organisation Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is a blueprint for what we need to do.

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One of the things it emphasises is the importance of food education in the curriculum of formal child-care settings or institutions,” says Ms Bezzant.\n Garden to Table is one of a number of non-government groups who are taking action. Their curriculum-integrated programme is offered in primary and\n intermediate schools and provides children with the knowledge and skills to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.

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\"It’s an exciting programme that takes a long-term, sustainable approach to food education,” Ms Bezzant says. “It provides children with an opportunity\n to work in the garden and kitchen and shows them where good food comes from, how to grow it, and then how to cook and share it. I am proud to be an\n Ambassador.\"

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Catherine Bell is Chair and a founding trustee of Garden to Table. She is delighted that Ms Bezzant is supporting the programme. \"Niki is well known for\n her sensible approach to food and nutrition, and she understands what we are aiming to achieve with Garden to Table. Her contribution will be of great\n value, and we are looking forward to welcoming her as an Ambassador.\"

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Ms Bezzant is the second Ambassador to be announced for Garden to Table, joining chef, author and restauranteur Al Brown.

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About Niki Bezzant:\n
\nNiki Bezzant is a food and nutrition writer, columnist, media commentator and speaker. She is the Editor-in-chief of NZ’s top-selling food magazine, Healthy\n Food Guide. She is a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, a regular blogger, a frequent contributor to TV and radio and the author of two cookbooks.\n Niki is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative; an international group devoted to disseminating and applying what we know\n for sure about health promotion and disease prevention. She is passionate about finding solutions to our childhood obesity crisis, and recently started\n a petition for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

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We're looking for a new Area Coordinator in Northland (from Whangarei to Kaitaia), to support our Garden to Table schools and be the local face of Garden to Table! This is a 15 hour per week position (excluding school holidays) and an opportunity to really make a difference in the way our children think about food.

\n

You will be the key contact person for our Northland Garden to Table Schools and will sell the programme to potential schools and support existing schools with all aspects of programme implementation, including encouragement and trouble-shooting, arranging Garden to Table training, and fundraising, to name just a few!

\n

Role Requirements

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You don't have to be a skilled cook or gardener, but you MUST care about good, fresh produce and supporting children as they discover a love for the kitchen and garden. You'll be an upbeat problem-solver with a positive, 'can-do' attitude, who is willing to go the extra mile. You'll be comfortable working with kids in a classroom situation and with school principals one minute and talking to corporate sponsors the next. You will need to be a well organised administrator and be able to work independently.

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If this sounds like you, please take a moment to read the vision, mission and values of Garden to Table, and then forward your CV and cover letter to info@gardentotable.org.nz.

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5 PM SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016.

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We very excited to be involved with Visa Wellington on a Plate this year!\n

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Together with Lewis Road Creamery and Nairn Street Cottage, we are offering \"A Taste of Old: Pioneer Cooking for Kids\" on Saturday 13th 20th\n August, and Sunday 14th and 21st August.

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How did old people cook without electricity?  And where did food come from when there were no supermarkets?  In this exciting and hands-on programme\n we will take a trip back in time and experience cooking as it used to be.  At the beautiful Nairn Street Cottage, children will grind their own\n flour, make their own butter, pick herbs and edible flowers from the garden and then bake scones on an old coal range, before sitting down to share\n together. 

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If you are in the Wellington region, why not book in your children via the link below, for a fun morning of shaking, baking and eating! \n Suitable for ages 7-12 years.

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http://www.visawoap.com/events/a-taste-of-old-pioneer-cooking-for-kids/\n

 

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Al Brown lends support to children’s food education charity\n

The simple act of planting a seed as a child can sow a lifetime of love for fresh produce and home-made food. This is the vision of NZ food education\n charity Garden to Table, which is encouraging every child in New Zealand to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.

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This vision is one shared by well-known Kiwi chef, restauranteur and author Al Brown, who believes it's at the core of NZ as a nation and should be\n nurtured in our children. Brown has come on board as one of Garden to Table's Ambassadors and is keen to see the programme in as many schools as\n possible around the country.

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“It’s always been important to me that people understand and respect where their food comes from,” he says. “The disconnect created by an abundance\n of pre-packaged convenience foods these days concerns me so I took great heart in visiting OwairakaDistrictSchool in Auckland and seeing first-hand\n the Garden to Table programme in action.”

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Brown’s support includes fronting five instructional videos as part of the Garden to Table programme,to be made available to participating schools.\n

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“The reason I love this programme is that kids develop solid skills and knowledge that will help them make better food choices and widen their knowledge\n and awareness. It’s not a ‘you must do this’, ‘you mustn’t do that’ programme. It’s about having fun and learning along the way, and that helps\n to change behaviour,” Brown says.

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Garden to Table executive officer Linda Taylor says now more than ever, primary school-aged children benefit from learning a love of good food and\n the skills that ensure they know how to grow and prepare that food. “With childhood obesity an increasing health issue in New Zealand, the Garden\n to Table programmedelivers a long-term solution to a myriad of health challenges facing our country.”

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Following the success of the programme in the country’s main centres, Garden to Table is launching it via an online platform so every school in the\n country will now have the opportunity to start its own Garden to Table programme. The charity aims to bring an additional 350 schools into the\n programme through its online platform.

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It includes comprehensive resources for the garden, kitchen and volunteers, recipes, Brown’s instructional videos and a range of curriculum resources\n aligned with the NZ primary school curriculum to ensure the programme is well integrated with learning outcomes.

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The benefits and follow-on effects of Garden to Table are huge - empowering not only school children but a whole community around them to develop their\n own creative solutions and take pride in themselves and their environment.

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Schools aligned with Garden to Table report more engaged learning, lower absentee rates on Garden to Table days and an increased number of children\n growing and cooking cost-effective and sustainable good food at home.

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“The benefits of Garden to Table are myriad” says Linda Taylor. “We are seeing improvements in children’s health and wellbeing, behaviour and self-esteem,\n and increased community engagement.

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“Our aim is to help every school in New Zealand establish a Garden to Table programme and the online platform makes this possible. We strongly encourage\n schools, parents and local businesses to get in touch if they would like to know more about Garden to Table.”

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