Introducing a new Garden to Table Supporter: CareSaver.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Linda Taylor
You may have seen in the news yesterday that a new KiwiSaver scheme has recently partnered with NZ charities to help make a world of difference. We’re
proud to say that Garden to Table is one of these charities. CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme is a KiwiSaver Scheme with an ethical focus. You may find
this offers you a KiwiSaver Scheme that shares your values. To benefit NZ charities, Pathfinder Asset Management Limited (which is the issuer
of the CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme) will donate 20% of their management fees from CareSaver to charities like Garden to Table and investors can choose which charity they would like to receive their donations. To select us as your charity, all you do is nominate Garden to Table as your chosen charity in the application form if you switch to CareSaver.
Profile: Liz Drummond - Seed Funder and Volunteer
Saturday, June 01, 2019 | Linda Taylor
Liz Drummond discovered Garden to Table through the One Percent Collective in 2014 and has become a valued member of the Garden to Table community as both a volunteer and Seed Funder - part of Garden to Table's family of regular donors. Here is her story:
"I volunteer at Cardinal McKeefry School in Wilton. I am general minion to our 'Garden Guy' John McCrystal, we tag team between each other doing our
best to get at least some of the 'to-do' list each week done. Typically, with guidance from Bridget (class teacher) to keep things under control.
It has always been important to me to 'give back'; I know I am incredibly lucky to have the family & start in life that I did. This includes
emigrating to Aotearoa New Zealand when I was a baby, so that we could have a safer & more settled life. I feel so grateful & lucky
that I get to call Aotearoa home but was getting increasingly concerned about the growing gap in well-being between different groups of New
Zealanders. So, I wanted to put at least a bit of my good fortune - time & money - where my mouth is and do something to contribute toward
a different mindset.
There is so much about what GTT does that is beneficial to the practical & mental well-being of the people it involves. The practical skills being taught about how to grow/harvest/prepare food are obvious examples, but the sense of purpose/community & belonging it creates from doing - and sharing - these lessons as a group are also fantastic. I just love that GTT has such an immense 'ripple effect' in terms of the lessons and skills being transferred from schools into homes & communities. It makes my heart sing.
The lessons being taught about the relationship between food, nutrition & physical/emotional well-being are vital ones. And the impact it has on
kids wanting to cook, taste and eat such a wide range of fresh vegetables is phenomenal. There is a real sense of pride & achievement in the
children from completing tasks that have real and practical benefits.
Root to Tip is back for 2019!
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Linda Taylor
We are delighted to announce that, with the support of Rabobank, Root to Tip will once again see kiwi kids cooking up a
storm in 2019! The competition is open to all year 5 and 6 students in NZ, with entries opening soon! Working
in teams of two, they design two dishes with a focus on seasonality and reducing food waste, using vegetables all the way from their root to their
Great prizes are up for grabs including $1000 in a Rabobank NoticeSaver
account for each of the two overall winners! Along the way children will have a chance to get creative in the kitchen and cook their dishes
alongside great kiwi chefs all around New Zealand.
"Be with a Tree" and make a fruit crumble!
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Linda Taylor
This year Garden to Table is collaborating with Forest & Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club as a partner in their 'Be With A Tree' promotion, which runs from 31 May-9 June. There is a series
of 10 tree-related challenges for kids to complete over the 10 day period: https://kcc.org.nz/be-with-a-tree/. Our challenge is to find a tree that provides us with food, and make a fruit
crumble. Hopefully that and some of the other challenges will prompt great conversations with children about where they might find particular kinds
of trees at school, around their neighbourhood (in backyards, parks or the bush), or further afield in places like orchards or botanic gardens.
We encourage everyone to embrace these challenges to #bewithatree next
month! Click to view
a new fruit crumble recipe which Garden to Table has produced for this promotion. Enjoy!
GTT's 'Dig for Victory' launches at Parliament
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | Linda Taylor
We had a very exciting morning at Parliament, planting the first 'Dig for Victory' gardens.
We were delighted that the Speaker, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, supported our suggestion to dig up the parliament lawn for a productive vegetable garden,
showing that you can grow vegetables anywhere! Click here to read the write-up in the Dominion Post.
'Dig for Victory' was a successful wartime campaign that reignited vegetable gardening across New Zealand. We're hoping to do the same in 2019, together
with support from Parliament, the American Embassy, the Royal NZ RSA, and local schools. The gardens will be tended over the winter so, if you're in
Wellington, you are welcome to stroll through and have a look. We'll be celebrating with a harvest event later in the year, so stay tuned!