Katelyn Gilpin (11, left) and Raine Gurnsey (12), both of
Remarkables Primary School, with the peat pellets donated
to the school by SBS Bank, being used to grow seedlings,
vegetables and flowers for sale at markets in the coming
months. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Remarkables Primary School pupils have moonlighted as
gardeners of late.
They have planted a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers
as part of the ''Garden to Table'' project, under the
watchful eye of SBS Bank Queenstown business development
officer Honor Mathieson.
The pupils, who have designed, built and planted a garden at
Remarkables Park, spent part of Thursday focused on the
produce for the coming season, including broccoli, beans,
courgettes, basil, sugar snaps, tomatoes and sweet peas.
After soaking compressed peat pellets, infused with nutrients
which expand when wet to create a natural pot for seeds to
grow in, the children set about planting the seeds, which
will be cared for over the coming weeks and sold as seedlings
at the school's forthcoming Car-Nival next month, as well as
the Remarkables Market days.
Additionally, the children would plant some of the pellets,
grow and harvest the organic vegetables and fruit, selling
some to the Hilton Queenstown and providing some to food
technology pupils who would participate in a cooking lesson
with Hilton chefs, and selling others at the markets to raise
money for the school, Ms Mathieson said.
A total of 2000 peat pellets had been made available for
schools in the Wakatipu to encourage children to embrace
gardening and grow their own food, which was sustainable,
cost-effective and healthy.
Queenstown residents were also encouraged to get on board,
with SBS' community-inspired ''Sow and Grow'' initiative
being launched for the fourth year yesterday.
After assisting with the Wakatipu Harvest Community Gardens,
on Gorge Rd, SBS decided to branch out and offer seeds to the
wider community in an effort to help families create their
own vegetable gardens and save money long term on fresh
''We really hope our vision to create a sustainable,
community-driven, hands-on growing experience everyone can
embrace, comes to fruition and we can't wait to see vegie
gardens popping up all over the Lakes district,'' Ms Matheson
Anyone could visit the bank on Shotover St to collect one
free packet of seeds.
• On October 19, the Wakatipu Garden Club, supported by SBS,
will hold a Garden Day at 291 Tucker Beach Rd from 10am-noon.