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Welcoming our new Garden to Table Ambassador


Monday, July 02, 2018   |   Linda Taylor

We are excited to announce our new Garden to Table Ambassador, landscape designer Dan Mackay.  

Dan is one of New Zealand’s most renowned landscape designers, most recently known for his appearance as resident landscape and gardening expert on TVNZ’s home and garden makeover reality series HOMEmade.

Read more…

Young Gardener Awards are open!


Tuesday, May 01, 2018   |   Linda Taylor

Entries for the T&G Young Gardener Awards 2018 are open!

After a successful launch of the T&G Young Gardener awards last year, they're back again in 2018, and bigger than ever.  We're delighted to announce that, this year, the Young Gardener Awards are open to all primary schools across New Zealand.

Read more…

Garden to Table in Education Gazette


Monday, November 13, 2017   |   Linda Taylor

Wondering how the Garden to Table programme works?

Haumoana School in Hawke's Bay recently featured in the Education Gazette, and showed how their Garden to Table programme is fully integrated across all aspects of school life. You can read their story here.

Read more…

Garden to Table now in the Bay of Plenty


Wednesday, November 01, 2017   |   Linda Taylor

We're delighted to welcome our new Programme Coordinator in the Bay of Plenty, Andrea Green.  

A Tauranga local, Andrea has joined the Garden to Table team to provide support to schools in the area who want to join the Garden to Table Full Programme.  Andrea also manages Garden to Table's collaboration with two local organisations, Good Neighbour Trust who, as one of their services, provide raised garden beds to schools, and PiPS, who provide gardening classes at local schools.

Read more…

Getting kids to eat their veges key part of ending childhood obesity


Tuesday, October 10, 2017   |   Linda Taylor

Getting kids to make brave food choices with fresh, healthy food they grow, harvest and prepare is part of the mission of the Empower food education programme, which is marking World Obesity Day on 11 October with two great vegetarian pizza recipes - one with a cauliflower base and the other for recommended tasty toppings all kids will love making and eating.

The Empower programme, run by not-for-profit partners Garden to Table and Life Education Trust, equips Kiwi kids with practical, hands-on knowledge about nutrition and growing food. It was launched in March this year and already, schools all over the country have signed up.

Read more…

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We are excited to announce our new Garden to Table Ambassador, landscape designer Dan Mackay.  \n

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Dan is one of New Zealand’s most renowned landscape designers, most recently known for his appearance as resident landscape and gardening expert on TVNZ’s\n home and garden makeover reality series HOMEmade.\n
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For the past 15 years, Dan has brought his wild ideas to life, all of which are unique and tackled with true enthusiasm.  Originally from Timaru,\n Dan travelled the world before settling in Auckland to study horticulture, landscape design and construction. Nowadays, his talent and passion has\n made him a household name to many.  Dan turned his passion in to a career with the launch of his business Ministry of Ground – an Auckland landscaping solutions company that aims to take a different perspective on landscaping its works\n renowned for being a beautiful collision between art and practicality.

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Dan loves to push the boundaries of landscape design with his innovative ideas. However, his dedication to sustainability is what sets him apart from the\n rest. His landscape designs encourage customers to sustain not only themselves but the environment.\n
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In his spare time Dan loves to skateboard with his five children, and tend to his own vegetable garden.\n
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Dan joins existing Garden to Table Ambassadors, Al Brown, and Niki Bezzant, and we are delighted that Dan has agreed to generously donate his time as a Garden to Table Ambassador, despite a hectic work and filming schedule. He has already been a huge hit with students when visiting Garden to Table schools!

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Entries for the T&G Young Gardener Awards 2018 are open!

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After a successful launch of the T&G Young Gardener awards last year, they're back again in 2018, and bigger than ever.  We're delighted to announce\n that, this year, the Young Gardener Awards are open to all primary schools across New Zealand.\n

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We've also added new categories to our recognition awards and created more opportunities for you to showcase your love of gardening, and win some fabulous\n prizes.\n
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There are FOUR categories of Awards that you can enter:

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  • The T&G Garden to Table Established School of the Year Award (open to schools who have been in the Garden to Table programme for longer than two years)
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  • The T&G Garden to Table New School of the Year Award (open to schools who have been in the Garden to Table programme for two years or less)
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  • The T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards (five students will be awarded)
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  • The T&G Passion for Growing Award (for non-Garden to Table schools)
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Don't worry if your garden isn't looking its best at the moment - you can submit photos from summer and autumn, when your garden was full of produce!
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Entries are open until 27 August, but don't leave it until the last minute - submit your entry now, and be in to win some fabulous prizes from T&G and our other supporters.

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Visit www.younggardenerawards.co.nz for information and details on how to enter. \n You can also follow the awards on facebook and instagram, @younggardenerawardsnz.

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Haumoana School in Hawke's Bay recently featured in the Education Gazette, and showed how their Garden to Table programme is fully integrated across all\n aspects of school life. You can read their story here.

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We're delighted to welcome our new Programme Coordinator in the Bay of Plenty, Andrea Green.  

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A Tauranga local, Andrea has joined the Garden to Table team to provide support to schools in the area who want to join the Garden to Table Full Programme. \n Andrea also manages Garden to Table's collaboration with two local organisations, Good Neighbour Trust who, as one of their services, provide raised\n garden beds to schools, and PiPS, who provide gardening classes at local schools.

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We're excited to be able to join such a vibrant community in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.  If you would like to know more about offering Garden\n to Table in the area, please contact Andrea at andrea@gardentotable.org.nz\n

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Getting kids to make brave food choices with fresh, healthy food they grow, harvest and prepare is part of the mission of the Empower food education programme,\n which is marking World Obesity Day on 11 October with two great vegetarian pizza recipes - one with a cauliflower base and the other for recommended tasty toppings all kids will love making and eating.

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The Empower programme, run by not-for-profit partners Garden to Table and Life Education Trust, equips Kiwi kids with practical, hands-on knowledge about\n nutrition and growing food. It was launched in March this year and already, schools all over the country have signed up.

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Garden to Table Ambassador Niki Bezzant says one of the keys to solving the obesity crisis is education.

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\"It’s a big part of the picture when it comes to helping the next generation live longer, healthier lives than us. Programmes like Empower that help kids\n join the dots between growing, cooking and feeling good, are crucial.”

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Food education programmes recommended by World Health Organization 

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In fact, food education programmes like Empower were recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a 2016 report on ending childhood obesity. The\n report said nutrition and health education must be included in school curriculums, and to make food preparation classes available to children, their\n parents and caregivers.

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Life Education Trust Chief Executive John O’Connell said through classroom and practical hands-on learning, Empower is designed to equip and empower children\n with the knowledge of a balanced diet, meal planning, key nutrients and how to grow food.

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“The WHO’s report on ending childhood obesity identified the importance of teaching children in schools about nutrition, and also food preparation. We\n support teachers to integrate NZ Curriculum-linked resources into their teaching – both inside and outside of the classroom. Schools don’t need huge\n vegetable gardens or commercial kitchens to get involved either,” he says.

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Growing the vege love

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One of the most effective ways to make a difference to our children's health is to make eating healthy food a joy, Garden to Table Executive Officer Linda\n Taylor says.

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This week, she invites children to make a pizza using Niki's recipes and to post photos of their efforts on Facebook and Instagram.

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\"It's easy and fun to include seasonal veges in your cooking, and letting children take the lead can be a great way to get them involved. We're looking\n forward to seeing the creative ways children have prepared Niki's pizza recipe, using lots of veges.\"

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For further information or interviews, contact Linda Taylor, Executive Officer, Garden to Table on 021 567 303 or linda@gardentotable.org.nz

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