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Here are some suggestions on how you can support Garden to Table this weekend by Feasting for the Future. 

  • Waihekeans can grab a coffee or a meal at Wai Kitchen or head to Cable Bay where they’ll be serving a special dish of rare seared beef from which all proceeds will go to GTT.
  • Start the day with breakfast or brunch at one of the many cafés involved in Feast for the Future including Café on Kohi, Richmond Road Café, Rosehip, St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro, Takapuna Beach Café, Teed St Larder, Toru, Pescado or Urban Café.
  • For something a little special The French Café, Merediths, O’Connell St Bistro or Clooney will take care of you.
  • A sweet treat and a good brew can be found at Little & Friday (Newmarket & Takapuna), Cool Food Café, Kokako Café, or any of The Store cafés (Takapuna, St Heliers or Britomart)
  • Get the best view in town and a great cocktail at The Sugar Club.
  • If you’re after a little spice head to Tasca for tapas or Ima for some Middle Eastern fare.
  • Go glam at The Langham Auckland – Eight and The Winery are supporting Feast for the Future.
  • For a night out in Britomart head into Ortolana and follow up your meal with a home-made jelly-tip ice cream and a glass of bubbles as Milse.
  • A good steak can be found at The Grill by Sean Connolly and Marvel Grill North Wharf
  • Go Vegan or vegetarian with a meal at Hectors at The Heritage – they’re putting on a special four course Feast for the Future menu.
  • For a bit of fun and a slider or two hit up Depot, or go Italian at SPQR.
  • Hit your local – Ponsonby Road Bistro or The Engine Room are always a hit.

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As part of the celebrations for Wynyard Quarter's 2nd Birthday we are holding an open day at the Garden To Table site on 3 August from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a great chance for Garden to Table at Wynyard Quarter to tell people about the programme and we need your help to provide some produce, preserves or home baking for us to sell on the day. Funds raised from these sales will go towards Garden to Table at Wynyard Quarter.

How you can help:

You can help by donating some produce, baking or preserves for us to sell at the Open Day. Ideally this would be home baking and preserves making use of current seasonal produce. Preserves could include jams, marmalades, honey, pickles or chutneys. Donations of produce from the garden also most welcome. If we can get enough citrus fruit we will set up some juicers so children can squeeze their own fresh fruit juice.

To express your interest or to find out more information about our requirements please email Joanne Harland at joanne@gardentotable.org.nz

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The Garden to Table Trust is delighted to announce that it's annual restaurant-based fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday September 21st.

Already many restaurants and cafe's have pledged their support. They will donate a portion of their takings on that day so we  encourage you to choose one of these eateries for breakfast, lunch or dinner on this day.

You can find out more about Feast for the Future and see the restaurants and cafe's that have already signed up here.

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Garden to Table is delighted to announce a charitable partnership with the Langham Auckland.

Garden to Table Trust Chairperson Catherine Bell says the Trust is thrilled to be working with The Langham. 

“Our respective environmental philosophies are closely aligned, creating a great synergy between our two organisations. The support the Langham will provide over the next two years as a partner will greatly assist in the future growth of Garden to Table and we look forward very much to having the Langham family involved in our schools and fundraising activities.”

Jeffrey Van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham Auckland says that The Langham staff are looking forward to their involvement in the programme, especially helping in local schools. 

“We believe that Garden to Table has such a positive influence for families and the community. The programme changes the way children think about food, and teaches basic life skills. It’s important that children know where their food comes from and Garden to Table encourages them to grow their own food, then prepare it to share with their peers and families” says Mr Van Vorsselen.  

“Hopefully we can help Garden to Table in their work to roll the programme out to schools across the country.”

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                                           Image courtesy of Jason Burgess

28 May, 2013

MEDIA STATEMENT

Long term solution in food education needed, not just food in schools

The government’s plan to feed hungry children in school is laudable but it is a short term solution that represents an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

Garden to Table Trust believes the ‘food in schools’ programme does not break the cycle of dependency that already exists among many struggling families. To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, if you give a child a meal you feed him for a day; teach him how to put food on the table and you feed him for a lifetime.

Supplying the food via schools does not arm adults of the future with skills that will help them as they grow and have families themselves.

The Garden to Table Programme is a proven solution – children as young as seven years old can learn life skills they will have forever. It is positive for their health and long term will help address New Zealand’s growing obesity problem.

A sibling programme in Australia is highly successful teaching thousands of children from more than 350 schools. But this has been government funded for some years.

Garden to Table teaches young children how to grow, harvest, prepare and share food using purpose-built gardens and kitchen facilities. The Garden to Table programme is cheap to run costing less than one full time equivalent staff member per school after an initial investment in the garden and the kitchen classroom.

Initiatives that provide long term value both for those who receive the benefits and also for the nation need to be fostered.  The Garden to Table Trust’s activities are one example of a long term solution that government needs to urgently investigate.

Contact for comment: Catherine Bell, Chairperson, Garden to Table Trust, Tel: 021 471 973 

Issued by Pead PR for Garden To Table Trust
Olivia Price, Pead PR, Tel: 09 551 2378, Mob: 021 474 127, Email:
olivia@peadpr.co.nz

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More exciting plans for Wynyard Quarter reveal what stage one will look like.

Taking shape in the coming weeks, stage one will feature planter beds, composting facilities, worm farms and fruit trees. 

We’re thrilled stage one will soon allow kids from Bayfield, Freemans Bay and Ponsonby Primary schools to get growing!

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We need volunteers!

Image courtesy Laurence Smith

Volunteers are an essential part of running the Garden to Table programme in primary schools. Our schools need regular volunteers to assist in the kitchen classroom and gardens. Volunteering is a fun, worthwhile and rewarding activity - you just have to try it once and you’ll be hooked! And you might even learn a thing or two along the way. Contact us at info@gardentotable.org.nz to find out where you can volunteer.

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We're celebrating Food Revolution Day 2013 to mark our own little revolution here in New Zealand.

The kids will be doing various activities across the schools and Breakfast TV will be visiting us at Edendale Primary. 

Check us out on Breakfast at 8:45 am and head to the Food Revolution website to see how you can join in the celebration!



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Media statement 
May 16, 2013   


TEACH A MAN TO FISH 
Where's the long term solution to youth hunger?   

Hungry children perform poorly in school and are more prone to becoming social outcasts with all the ensuing downstream problems. We all acknowledge children are going to school hungry - it's been all over the media in recent days. 

But where are the long term initiatives to solve this significant problem? Today's budget contains no solutions. Also, providing free lunches for kids in school is only a short term answer that puts the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. 

We need to provide our kids with the skills they need, not only to feed themselves, but also to acquire a more positive attitude to food and socialisation, and become stable and productive members of society later on. To paraphrase a well-known proverb, by teaching children to fish they can feed themselves for life. 

Garden to Table Trust operates a programme in New Zealand schools where children aged between seven and 10 learn about good food and life skills. The youngsters are taught how to grow, harvest, prepare and share food in their school's gardens and kitchen facilities. 

They also learn about the environment and sustainability and enrich their curriculum subjects through hands-on learning. A recent research study shows that the programme also has many positive spin-offs for family and community life. 

The Garden to Table programme has been running for four years, and now thousands of children from 15 schools across NZ are enjoying the programme. And there are more than 60 schools waiting to join them, but there are many challenges in obtaining funding. 

The cost of introducing such a programme as ours would be but a drop in the bucket for the government when you consider the benefits. Our programme is based on Australia's Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The Australian government recently announced a new $5.4 million funding commitment to support that programme during the next three years to provide opportunity for 400 new schools to join. 

Initiatives that provide long term benefits for the children and their families and also for the nation need to be fostered. Garden to Table's activities are a leading example of a proven long term solution that government needs to support. 

Catherine Bell,Chairperson, Garden to Table Trust Tel: +64-9-377 8925, Mob: +64-21-471 973, email:c.bell@gardentotable.org.nz<mailto:c.bell@gardentotable.org.nz>    

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