Soon almost a dozen schools in the area will have their own ‘hungry bin worm farm’ gifted to them by Plant to plate Aotearoa, a programme which runs cooking and gardening classes in schools across the Manawatu region.
Plant to plate administrator Cindy Duker says the worm farms, 10 of which were purchased with money from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund, are perfect for children because they can see the results fast.
The children love the worm farms and they can see them working almost immediately which really helps them understand the process.
Plant to plate to plate Aotearoa works with schools across the Manawatu region to teach children where their food comes from. The programme is volunteer driven and goes into schools over four sessions to plant and prepare a variety of food. Cindy says for some the experience is a real eye-opener.
Some kids have never put their hands in the soil before, others are adamant they won’t eat a certain vegetable but then after they have planted and then prepared a meal with that vegetable they can’t wait to tuck in.
Grass Roots Fund manager Kane Silcock says Plant to Plate Aotearoa is a good example of a group which enriches lives and brings communities together which is what the Grass Roots Fund is all about.
It’s our way of giving back to those who help our communities and make them better places to be
Cindy says the Plant to Plate has taught children a number of life skills from environmental awareness to how to cook and grow their own food. The programme is so popular bookings are already being taken for 2019.