Toko School's little green fingers last week received a $2000 incentive to keep up their good work in their vegetable garden and orchard.
One of only six schools in the North Island selected by Rural Women New Zealand from 113 entries to receive the gardening grant, Toko principal Kim Waite says they are delighted and they will next year decide what to use the money for, with one possible project being a glasshouse.
The money was raised by Farmlands through its ladies' nights. It is the third year that Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands have collaborated to distribute the proceeds from the nights, which are held around the North Island during October.
The school also received gardening equipment, a gardening starter kit, fertiliser and a copy of A Good Harvest - recipes from the gardens of Rural Women New Zealand "so the children can put all their produce to good use", says Shirley Read, Rural Women New Zealand national councillor Taranaki/Waikato.