Help implement vegetable gardens in all low decile New Zealand primary schools
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28% of New Zealand children live in poverty. These children are deprived of the basic necessities, such as nutritious food, and often lack the skills to grow and prepare their own food.
Malnourished children are susceptible to behavioural and cognitive development issues and poor health. If collective change is not actioned immediately, New Zealand will face ongoing generational poverty, which will affect all of us and lead to significant societal impacts such as increased unemployment and higher rates of crime.
What we aim to do:
The implementation of vegetable gardens in low decile New Zealand primary schools will minimise our nation’s growing disparity in educational and health outcomes. The government resourcing of vegetable gardens and cooking programmes will assist our primary aim of teaching children how to grow and sustain produce, while gaining knowledge about healthy eating habits and sustainability.
Government funding, as opposed to volunteer run programmes, will ensure vegetable gardens are successful and maintained in communities most in need. Privately run organisations like Garden to Table and Plant to Plate are evidence of the success implementing vegetable gardens can have. Communities benefit by gaining accessibility to nutritious and sustainable food sources. One of the best investments we as a nation could make is to ensure the well being and success of future generations by implementing vegetable gardens in New Zealand primary schools.
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