Garden to Table Mission: To teach children how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
Healthy Futures supports initiatives that enable people to eat nutritious food and be active.
We believe that the Garden to Table programme fulfils these criteria and provides children with the knowledge and skills they will need to make healthy choices in the future.
That’s why we’ve chosen to support schools in the greater Wellington region to set up and run the Garden to Table programme.
"I never used to like vegetables until I did Garden to Table - now I ask my mum to buy them, especially broccoli." Child from Cannons Creek School.
How can Healthy Futures help your school to run the Garden to Table Programme?
Healthy Futures provides funding to greater Wellington region schools that sign up to the Garden to Table programme.
Healthy Futures would like to see children in every NZ school take part in a Garden to Table programme, however we recognise that there are costs associated with running Garden to Table classes. Our funding is here to help your school with those.
Healthy Futures funding can be used to assist with a range of practical costs, such as:
Staff costs to teach the gardening and cooking classes
Garden to Table online membership
Weekly pantry staples
Gardening tools and equipment
Plants and seeds
Contact us for further information on Healthy Futures Garden to Table Schools funding.
Want to see what happens in a Garden to Table lesson and find out more about why we so passionately support it?
Watch this four minute video clip, put together by the Morgan Foundation in 2015.
What teachers, children and their families say about their Garden to Table experiences:
“The children have excelled in learning to cook meals that they would not otherwise have at home and have surprised themselves at how wonderfully tasty and healthy the food can be… One of the most worthwhile things our school has invested in." Teacher at Cannons Creek School
“I was too scared to try zucchini but when I saw all my friends eating the fritters, I didn’t want to miss out. I tried them and they were delicious!” Child from Cannons Creek School
“She came home and taught me how to hold a knife safely and now often chops up the veges for our dinner.” Parent from Cannons Creek School
“He never wants to miss Garden to Table day at school and always makes sure he is on time”. Parent from Maoribank School
Wellington Garden to Table schools
Since 2013, Healthy Futures has assisted the following Wellington schools to establish the Garden to Table programme:
Cannons Creek Primary, Porirua
Maoribank School, Upper Hutt
Pukeatua School, Wainuiomata
St Anne’s Primary School, Newtown
Holy Cross Primary School, Miramar
Newtown Primary School, Newtown
Ngati Toa School, Porirua
Greenacres School, Tawa
Te Aro School, Te Aro
Island Bay School, Island Bay
Randwick School, Lower Hutt
St Francis de Sales School, Island Bay
Contact us to find out if your school is eligible for Healthy Futures funding.
How you can support Garden to Table
Volunteer - Garden to Table classes rely on adult volunteers working with small groups of children. It’s fun and rewarding and you can pass on your kitchen or gardening skills (or learn at the same time as the children!). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be involved as a volunteer.
Donate - if you’d like to help us provide funding to new Wellington schools, click here.
$15 buys pantry supplies for a school for 1 week;
$50 buys garden supplies for a term.
$150 would fill a school’s pantry with staples for a whole term!