Time to ‘grow’ up

There’s a lot happening in Waiuku and now the potential to grow in more ways than one.
Marama Hou Ministries Trust, along with Franklin Agritech are offering a NZQA course in Horticulture at the Hamilton Estate community centre and gardens.
The course is level five NZQA and they are on the lookout for willing applicants.
“It is an advanced level,” says community champion Grace van der Brink, “but it’s a great opportunity.”
Those who have never studied before can make the most of the free first year tertiary education, while scholarships are also available. The Hamilton Estate community gardens have been set up for some time and are used to grow top crops like cabbage and cauliflowers, and potatoes and kumara.
“We want to get people qualified, to grow a garden, and start business,” Grace said. “Growing vegetables is a way of life. It’s about going back to the roots, like how we were brought up.”‘
She said the community garden is being well used, with people coming, picking and recycling their scraps. “They come along with their Mitre10 buckets and sort out their scraps, whether putting it in the compost or for the worms,” she said.
The course is available to anyone who has completed NCEA level two, and those interested are invited to an information evening on Wednesday 5 September at the Hamilton Estate community hall, at 5.30pm.
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