Garden to Table aims to see our children get their hands dirty and learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
Kokako Garden Project
Growing our local identity in Oropi
Oropi School is currently developing a 500m2 area of land, part of which has become available as a result of a new building layout.
A concept design has been drawn up in consultation with the school senior students with the vision to create "A vibrant and abundant school garden as a central resource for contemplation, curiosity, discovery, expression and connection."
The overall plan includes a food forest with roaming chickens, organic garden beds, outdoor kitchen or kids run ‘café’, a central gathering/eating area with woodfire oven, bbq and fire pit, a native forest, an outdoor reading space, and a discovery shed for senior students. The process will take 3-4 year, subject to funding.
Being actively engaged in outdoor activities will encourage the children’s desire to learn and will help them become aware of their abilities.
This outdoor learning environment will provide daily opportunities to closely observe nature, better understand ecosystems, nutrient cycles, energy, resources and the importance of growing local, nutrient dense food while learning essential life skills.
With time, we are expecting the children will develop confidence and leadership over the garden and the ‘cafe’s many activities such as planning, planting, harvesting, building, maintaining, cooking, sharing, blogging, etc
One of the challenges will be to integrate the curriculum into the garden activities as effectively and seamlessly as possible. Many schools around the world are doing this successfully and useful information can be found on the internet that will guide us through this process.
The project is in its early stages and there is already a remarkable amount of support and enthusiasm within the school management and staff, students and their families. We have a great number of keen volunteers wishing to contribute in some way.
The Kokako garden will also offer a central space for community gatherings around workshops, markets days, cultural and seasonal celebrations, entertainment and fundraising events. It will contribute to raising awareness about health and nutrition, sustainable gardening practices, soil regeneration, soil health and its direct relationship to human health.
It aims to create a lively space for strengthening community spirit and expressing our local identity while sharing delicious foods and having a great time.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more, or if you’d like to contribute by sharing your skills, spare time or surplus materials. We’d love to hear from you!
Amandine: 022 610 7746
Oropi school: 543 1479
Thanks to Higgins Contractors and Revital Fertilisers for your precious support.