A group of self-proclaimed ‘Potty’ potters in Paekakariki are giving their time to help connect local students with the earth.
The gardening volunteers run the Paekakariki School gardens, and are invested in helping students learn the cycle of plants and vegetables - from seed to dinner plate.
Paekakariki Principal, Julia Bevin, says members of the ‘Potty’ potters use the produce from the gardens throughout the winter to cook soups for the students.
She says the garden is a real community project which teaches the students how to care for and look after each other.
The school’s upcoming plant sale, on Sunday the 12th of May, is run by the ‘Potty’ potters, with proceeds helping to maintain the school’s garden, buy tools and equipment, and also employ a teacher aide to teach gardening and sustainability to the school’s students.
There will be gardening experts offering help and advice, a variety of cheap plants and tool sharpening, while the Parent Teacher Association will be running a garden gala to take care of food and entertainment.