A local charitable organisation, Garden to Table Trust has today announced formation of a new partnership with a renowned coffee brand, Nespresso New Zealand to expand its food education programme in schools.
The Garden to Table enables schools and kura across New Zealand to take learning out of the classroom and into the garden and kitchen. The programme currently supports over 200 primary and intermediate schools nationwide. This year itself, more than 22,000 children will experience the connecting with nature while gaining essential skills for life.
With the support of Nespresso’s the Trust plans to develop training, and provide schools with innovative resources and professional development, based on a range of subjects from biodiversity through the eyes of pollinators to language studies, maths, and visual arts. The current programme is expected to reach a further 30 schools and more than 3,000 students over the coming year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Nespresso and work together on shared goals to empower tamariki to grow, harvest, prepare and share environmentally sustainable and delicious kai. This partnership means more tamariki throughout Aotearoa New Zealand will gain knowledge and essential life skills that positively impact their health and education. This radiates beyond the school gates to their whānau, communities and how we all care for each other and te Taiao – the environment,” says Ani Brunet, Garden to Table CEO.
Nespresso that has achieved certification as a B Corp company last month, felt equally proud and responsible to have joined in the partnership that will bring about a positive impact on the well being of tamariki.
“This partnership allows us to have a positive impact on the well being of our tamariki in New Zealand and we can’t wait to be part of a journey to help the next generation flourish and thrive with knowledge and skills that support their future, and in turn the future of the world,” says Stefan Vermeulen, Nespresso New Zealand Country Manager.
Garden to Table dream is for all children in New Zealand to grow and cook fresh kai as part of daily life, and believes this partnership will help them work towards this vision.