Thousands of New Zealand schoolchildren have benefited from the Garden to Table Trust. Founded in 2009, it encourages kids to get their hands dirty and grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food – learning about cooking, healthy eating, working together as well the environment.
Now they’re about to learn “hive to table”. The True Honey Co, based in Dannevirke, harvests from remote, wild manuka stands and sells premium grade honey over the internet. It has teamed up with the trust to teach children about bees and their value to the food ecosystem. True Honey has developed learning materials for teachers to help their students understand about flowers, bees, pollination and honey production.
The content was produced with the assistance of Claire Velzian, a primary schoolteacher who is passionate about making science and learning fun. She grew up learning about bees and beekeeping from her father.
The material will soon be available for download from gardentotable.org.nz. True Honey hopes its beekeepers can visit schools to talk about what they do and the importance of protecting honeybees. The company is making a donation from the sale of every jar of its manuka honey to the trust.