Pūrākaunui School
One Waka. One Crew. Many Journeys.

Garden to Table

Garden to Table is a charitable trust that supports primary and intermediate schools and kura to take learning out of the classroom and into the garden and the kitchen. Garden to Table schools teach thousands of kiwi kids knowledge and skills that have a transformative and lifelong impact on their hauora — wellbeing — and on the world around them. 

For more information on Garden to Table, see their website: https://gardentotable.org.nz.

The Garden to Table process is:

Grow: Develop practical lifeskills alongside awareness of sustainability and environmentalism.

Harvest: Hard work and patience pays off with a sense of achievement.

Prepare: Develop skills for cooking meals from scratch.

Share: The age-old ritual of sharing food.


We have a bounteous school garden and spend some time each week gardening with parent helpers.


We harvest our own crops as part of our gardening programme. This includes preparing them for use or preservation.


The tuakana (senior children) prepare a shared lunch each Friday using food harvested from the garden. We also have baking sessions with Skye MacFarlane, the Otago regional coordinator.


The food we harvest and prepare is shared with the community. As well as having a whole school lunch on Fridays, we also share our food at community events, hold bake sales, and give away surplus crops to school families.