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From Plant to Plate at Te Paranui

Let’s get cooking!

Picton School senior students recently spent a day at Te Paranui permaculture homestead exploring a programme called ‘Plant to Plate’. This was a hands-on experience around a whole foods plant-based kitchen and permaculture garden. We were grateful to get an opportunity to join them.

After being welcomed onto the site, students got a tour of the gardens with permaculture expert Dan, which included a whole lot of compost information, as well as an introduction to a composting toilet system.

Yummy salad

Beautiful beetroot.

Next, Maia shared her knowledge of nutrition and why an apple a day really is good for you, and we were then divided into groups and got to cook a tasty plant-based lunch in a buddha bowl.

This included an ABC salad (apples, beetroot and carrots), a tomato and chickpea stew, roasted herbed pumpkin, rice and lentils, and a winter garden green mix. Bliss balls were made for dessert and were a big hit with the students!

Caro then did some art with students around the plants we met, and we got to visit all the animals that have been re-homed (or, in the greyhounds’ case, that need rehoming).

If your school is interested in taking part in this local experience you can contact Caro on 0277505488, email earthbound@teparanui.nz, or link with Te Paranui on Facebook.