As the change of season starts to become more apparent, so to does the end of the summer harvest.

The harvesting of food from our veggie gardens is something that we actively engage our learning community to participate in. We know that for many cultures there are significant social and economic aspects of harvesting and gathering food that they have grown. Harvesting can mark the end of a growing season or the growing cycle of a particular crop.

For Maori and Pacifica people the traditional food economy was based around the different seasons where different crops and produce was gathered from the whenua (earth) .

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From- Te Ara- The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

This year during Raumati (Summer) the children at Albany Kindergarten have helped  make preserves for our community kitchen from donated plums and tomatoes. Both the teachers and children have mastered new skills and knowledge as we continue to explore the notion ‘from the earth to the table’.

The donations that we have received from the preserves is going to support Eden Ivatt-Oakley, a year 11 student at Kristin. He will soon be going to Leh in the Himalayas on a  volunteer service trip. Eden is the older sibling of one of our attending children here at AK and we think it is a great opportunity for us to help support his quest.img_5320

Keep an eye out for some of this produce on your return from the holidays.

I am always excited to know that with the last of the summer fruits and as we move into Ngahuru ( Autumn) that there are many other earthly treats to enjoy….especially feijoas!

I am fortunate to have a row of feijoa trees at my house and these holidays I have had many opportunities to gather them (with my trusty friend Bella in tow). Thank you to some of our families who shared some feijoa chutney recipes. This has inspired me to get busy in the kitchen and make some chutneys with the fruit. You will have the opportunity to sample some at our up coming art show on the 6th May. We hope to see you there 🙂

Also keep at look out for fresh feijoas and apples in the farmers market as you return to kindergarten next week.

 I recently read a blog post from Mangere Bridge Kindergarten’s Community Blog about the work that they had done around creating a community garden.

Hmmm… I wonder if we could consider a similar concept here at Albany Kindergarten and develop a Feijoa Forrest for our wider community to utilise.  A perfect place would be on the grass adjacent to the concrete pathway from the road to the kindergarten.

I see another project ahead ….

Kaiako Fran