Profile: Rachel Clare – Garden Specialist at Henderson North School
How long have you been involved in Garden to Table? I'm the Garden Specialist at Henderson North School in Waitakere. Our school began our Garden to Table journey last year. Before we moved to Henderson, my oldest son, Billy, was a student at Owairaka District School in Mt Albert. A legendary Garden to Table school, I was so inspired by the way Garden to Table is an integral part of the school's identity and how it enriches their curriculum. They have gardens all over the school that reflect the diverse cultural identities of the students. They even sell kawakawa ointment made from plants in their rongoa garden! After we shifted to Henderson, I raved about the programme to our deputy principal at Henderson North, and the next year we joined the programme. As a plantaholic and garden writer, I put up my hand to be the garden specialist.