A new edible garden was planned and developed in 2008 with the help of funding from Sustainable Gardens in Schools Project (World Wildlife Fund) and Nutrition and Physical Activity (NMDHB). Four classroom beds, a propagation shed, fruit and flower gardens, compost bins and worm farms were created. The garden is designed and maintained following organic growing principles which includes creating our own compost, potting mix and seedlings for the garden.
Sol Morgan (GroWise Consultancy) co-ordinates the garden project. Once a week children from each class spend time with him to learn how to propagate plants, transplant them, care for them, make compost etc. One of the aims of the project is to encourage gardening at home and this is achieved by supplying the children with plants to take home regularly. Teachers use the garden as part of their teaching toolbox.
Fruit trees are being planted this year around the boundary of the garden and greater school grounds, integrating with the established native plantings.
Below is Motupipi School's page which will be displayed in the 2009 NZ Enviroschools Scrapbook.