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Rural Women gardening grants give green fingers a boost

Rural Women gardening grants give little green fingers a boost

Ten rural schools will be busy creating vegetable gardens after winning $2000 gardening grants from Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands.

The successful rural schools were chosen from 58 applicants, and they had plenty of ideas on how to spend their cheques.

Projects range from building a tunnel house to constructing a hen pen, buying equipment such as rakes, spades, seeds and plants, and building a permaculture edible food forest!

Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan, says “This is the fourth time Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands have worked together to distribute the proceeds from the popular Farmlands Ladies Nights.”

“There’s a real focus in schools on children learning the value of eating fresh food and understanding where it comes from, and we’re very pleased to be able to support this, especially as we celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming.”

Farmlands’ Events and Sponsorship Manager, Helen Shrewsbury says “Farmlands is proud to continue its support of Rural Women New Zealand and the rural school garden grants. As a rural co-operative, it just makes sense for us to support the schools that make up the hubs of the rural communities we service.”

The schools will also receive a copy of ‘A Good Harvest – recipes from the gardens of Rural Women New Zealand’ so the children can learn how to put all their end produce to good use.


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