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Christine Gillard —

To celebrate Food Revolution Day on 15 May we worked alongside with Edible Canterbury, Project Lyttelton, the Avon Otakaro Network, the College of Education and others to create a Schools Gardening Hui. The event was attended by 70 people, including students and teachers from ten different schools.

Each school presented stories from their edible gardens and then broke into Open Space groups to learn and share about the things that really excites them about their gardens.  Each of the schools brought vegetables from their gardens, which the Project Lyttelton team turned into a delicious Schools Garden Soup for lunch!

I was proud of the hospitality our Casebrook students offered our visitors.  Our Kapa Haka group helped us welcome our visitors in the mihi whakatau and entertained us wonderfully over lunch.  Our edible gardens students acted as guides and assisted as mentors for the primary students in the kitchen making delicious beetroot and chocolate muffins that we all enjoyed during the closure of the event.

The Hui was a great success and has laid the foundation for a strengthened schools gardening scene in our region.

School Gardening Hui 2015                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osPMCZFBa5c