Planting a food forest at the kura, starting with compost and mulch.

Team: Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito

The kura Ohu Taiao (parents’ environmental group) are starting a food forest that will “grow champions”. They’re not talking about prize potatoes. Involving students in the work will help grow new generations of kaitiaki/ environment protectors. And eventually, fill their lunch plates too. The first step is making carbon rich, nutrient rich soil. Next, planting. Eventually, the kura kids will be cultivating and harvesting berries, fruit, herbs and root crops. It’s about taking the classroom – and the dining table – into the great outdoors. Cultivating resilience and self sufficiency, via apples and kumara.

What the $1000 People’s Choice Bonus would be spent on: More mulch and seedlings.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito welcomes volunteers and donations.