On the hunt for green fingers

Edendale Primary School students getting right amongst it in their garden.

The countdown to spring has begun, and so has the countdown to enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards, with entries closing on August 27th . . .

Calling all young gardeners and primary schools across the country. There’s still time to enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards . . . but you had better be quick!

The awards encourage primary schools and children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.
Supported by T&G, New Zealand’s largest fresh produce grower, and the Garden to Table programme, this year there are four categories including a new section which allows schools that are not already part of the Garden to Table programme to enter:

  1. The T&G Garden to Table Established School of the Year Award is for primary schools that have been gardening for over two years through the Garden to Table programme.
  2. The T&G Garden to Table Emerging School of the Year Award acknowledges primary schools who have been gardening through the Garden to Table programme for less than two years.
  3. The T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards recognises five avid young gardeners who have proven they can master the gardening process from seed to harvest. These young gardeners will walk away with the title of 2018 Young Gardener of the Year.
  4. The T&G Passion for Growing Award will be awarded for the first time this year. All primary schools nationwide that are not already part of the Garden to Table programme are eligible to enter. The top prize is a free year’s online membership to the Garden to Table programme so one lucky school can continue their passion for growing with guidance and curriculum support.

So if your child goes to a school that’s been getting busy in the garden, talk to their teacher about getting an entry in . . . pronto.

Entries can be big or small, pretty or practical, but an entry is an achievement in itself and a great way to show kids that they can be acknowledged for their efforts outside the classroom too.
“No one starts out as an expert gardener,” says T&G executive general manager NZ Andrew Keaney, “and everyone with an amazing garden started by planting one single seed.
“We just want to encourage our kids to get into the garden and have a go. As passionate growers ourselves, if we can inspire one person to go out into the garden and learn a little bit more about where their food comes from, we’ll be proud.”

  • All winning schools will win a tree donated by T&G, an irrigation system from Gardena and a voucher for Tui garden products.
  • The school which wins the T&G Garden to Table Emerging School Award will also get garden design input from gardening expert, and Garden to Table ambassador, Dan Mackay.
  • In addition to the other goodies, the winner of the T&G Passion For Growing Award will receive the gardening input from Dan along with a year’s online membership to the Garden to Table programme so they can continue their gardening venture with greater curriculum support, child-friendly recipes using their garden’s produce, instructional videos, and a guide outlining the gardening through to cooking process.
  • The five T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year winners will receive a Hungry Bin Worm Farm with worms, a Tui garden products voucher and apples from T&G to share with their school.
  • The 2018 awards will be judged by Garden to Table ambassadors, chef, Al Brown, and gardening and landscape designer, Dan MacKay. Andrew Keaney and Garden to Table CEO, Linda Taylor, will also be judging.
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The countdown to spring has begun, and so has the countdown to enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards, with entries closing on August 27th . . .

Calling all young gardeners and primary schools across the country. There’s still time to enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards . . . but you had better be quick!

The awards encourage primary schools and children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.
Supported by T&G, New Zealand’s largest fresh produce grower, and the Garden to Table programme, this year there are four categories including a new section which allows schools that are not already part of the Garden to Table programme to enter:

  1. The T&G Garden to Table Established School of the Year Award is for primary schools that have been gardening for over two years through the Garden to Table programme.
  2. The T&G Garden to Table Emerging School of the Year Award acknowledges primary schools who have been gardening through the Garden to Table programme for less than two years.
  3. The T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards recognises five avid young gardeners who have proven they can master the gardening process from seed to harvest. These young gardeners will walk away with the title of 2018 Young Gardener of the Year.
  4. The T&G Passion for Growing Award will be awarded for the first time this year. All primary schools nationwide that are not already part of the Garden to Table programme are eligible to enter. The top prize is a free year’s online membership to the Garden to Table programme so one lucky school can continue their passion for growing with guidance and curriculum support.

So if your child goes to a school that’s been getting busy in the garden, talk to their teacher about getting an entry in . . . pronto.

Entries can be big or small, pretty or practical, but an entry is an achievement in itself and a great way to show kids that they can be acknowledged for their efforts outside the classroom too.
“No one starts out as an expert gardener,” says T&G executive general manager NZ Andrew Keaney, “and everyone with an amazing garden started by planting one single seed.
“We just want to encourage our kids to get into the garden and have a go. As passionate growers ourselves, if we can inspire one person to go out into the garden and learn a little bit more about where their food comes from, we’ll be proud.”

  • All winning schools will win a tree donated by T&G, an irrigation system from Gardena and a voucher for Tui garden products.
  • The school which wins the T&G Garden to Table Emerging School Award will also get garden design input from gardening expert, and Garden to Table ambassador, Dan Mackay.
  • In addition to the other goodies, the winner of the T&G Passion For Growing Award will receive the gardening input from Dan along with a year’s online membership to the Garden to Table programme so they can continue their gardening venture with greater curriculum support, child-friendly recipes using their garden’s produce, instructional videos, and a guide outlining the gardening through to cooking process.
  • The five T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year winners will receive a Hungry Bin Worm Farm with worms, a Tui garden products voucher and apples from T&G to share with their school.
  • The 2018 awards will be judged by Garden to Table ambassadors, chef, Al Brown, and gardening and landscape designer, Dan MacKay. Andrew Keaney and Garden to Table CEO, Linda Taylor, will also be judging.
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