Bloom gives youth another chance

Amber (right), Ineke Dirkzwager volunteer and Dukatti (left) planting up strawberriesfor the hanging baskets.

Amber (right), Ineke Dirkzwager volunteer and Dukatti (left) planting up strawberriesfor the hanging baskets.

A youth based social enterprise called Bloom is making headway in Pukekohe working with youth with learning disabilities.
Based at Tui Glen Nurseries every Saturday, young people about to leave high school, or who have just left high school, gather in a greenhouse to work on their business of growing seeds, and potting up floral hanging baskets.
Coordinator Nicki Turner says the teens create, market and sell their baskets themselves. The baskets sell at $20 and there is a follow-up service.
“You can bring the basket back when the flowers are spent and get new basket for $15,” she says. These will soon be available filled with herbs, strawberries, flowers and tomatoes.
The project has funding from Holcim, Franklin Local Board, Franklin Family Support Services and is in partnership with Te Whangai Trust, who provide the space in their Pukekohe nursery for Bloom to work from and store materials.
Bloom works on Saturday from 10.30-1.30, and is looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Parents of the youths in the target group can drop them off at Bloom, and they will be provided with a free lunch.
For more information contact Nicky: 021 0222 5542 or email:

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