Orchards in Schools
Our latest programme offers a sustainable solution
Our latest initiative, Orchards in Schools, is a programme aimed at involving children in the planting and growing of fruit trees.
By planting 20-30 fruit trees on school grounds we can provide a sustainable solution that teaches young kiwis valuable life skills and gives them access to the freshest and healthiest food at school.
Each orchard is designed depending on the location and climate, and planned to provide fruit for as much of the year as possible with different seasonality of trees. This includes a variety of fruit trees, including mandarin, feijoa, apple, pear, and orange trees. Mature trees are planted so that once the orchard is in place, it quickly provides fruit to the school.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 we have planted 39 orchards in schools around the country. This programme is currently targeted towards decile 3 and 4 KidsCan partner schools, as decile 1 and 2 schools receive the Ministry of Health Fruit in Schools programme.
A big thanks to Palmers Planet Albany for their generous support enabling us to get these orchards planted in schools.
Thanks to Meridian Energy and Angelo Giannoutsos for this awesome video!