Darfield students dig deep to help KidsCan

GOOD DEED: Darfield High School year 8 pupils have set up a garden project to help donate to child poverty fund KidsCan.

An forgotten corner at the back of Darfield High School has been transformed into a a fruit and vegetable garden.

Rubbish and tree stumps have been cleared as part of a new gardening project run by year 8 pupils at the school to raise money for child poverty fund KidsCan.

The pupils are planning to run a community market day at the school at the end of the year when the produce is fully grown to donate to the organisation.

More than 150 students are taking part in the project.

After writing to numerous organisations throughout the area, the school has received a bumper crop of donations including timber, strawberry plants, raspberries and tyres to use as planters for the garden.

Year 8 pupil Sophie Dance said the they chose KidsCan to fundraise for after watching a “shocking” documentary about child poverty in New Zealand.

“We hope to raise money so these children will have food and clothes,” she said.

Lincoln University professor of ecology Steve Wratten visited the school to talk to the pupils about companion planting, pollinators and gave the pupils seeds to plant.

The school also had a visit from Mark Davis, of contracting company Sicon who removed the tree stumps to make way for the project.

Other organisations to donate to the project includes Mitre 10, King Seeds, Egmont Seeds, West Melton Plant Nursery, Southern Woods Plant Nursery, Beaurepaires, The Warehouse, parents and residents in the community.

-Story sourced from the Darfield High School Dispatch