Tauranga home-based early childhood organisation Footsteps partnered the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) this week to turn a wasteland into a thriving vegetable garden for Brookfield Primary School.
In two hours a team of 80 students and teachers built a 450sq/m garden, equipped with custom-built sleeper beds, 20 fruit trees, two vegetable patches and a 20m long mural.
To build the Brookfield Primary School garden, Footsteps donated 300 volunteer hours and $5000 of materials.
FYD and several local businesses also supported the project.
The ''garden challenge'' formed part of the Footsteps' annual national conference, which was held in Tauranga last week.