Recognising and celebrating life-long learning is the aim of Adult Learners’ Week / He Tangata Matauranga, which gets underway across the country in the first week of September.
To mark the week, Central Otago REAP is holding a series of community events focusing on growing food in Central Otago as well as recognising adult learners and their learning journey.
Co-convenor Clair Higginson said the first event will be held this Saturday (September 2) and will teach people about growing vegetables in containers, as well as composting, bokashi and worm farming.
The event will be held at Alexandra WasteBusters from 3pm to 4pm and is free for the public to attend.
Clair said the event aimed to show people that not only was it possible to grow vegetables from seeds in Central Otago, it was also possible to do so without a big garden.
On Thursday, September 7, a special ‘celebrating learners’ lunch’ will be held.
Clair said students from the Choices class and students from the ESOL (English as a second language) classes will be receiving certificates, and special recognition will be bestowed on several people identified as “change makers”.
Prior to the lunch, there will be a special planting ceremony at Centennial Park at 11.30am, which the public was welcome to attend.
Clair said the tree-planting was to signify the importance of life-long learning and it was hoped to make the tree-planting ceremony an annual event as part of Adult Learners’ Week.
The week’s celebrations will end on Friday, September 8 with bokashi and worm farming demonstrations at the Alexandra Friday Food and Produce Market at Pioneer Park.
Demonstrations will be held every half hour from 11am to 12.30pm and people will be able to order bokashi buckets or worm farms at the demonstrations.
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist
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