Kids Edible Gardens in Schools (KEGS) in Nelson

What is Kids Edible Gardens Nelson?

Kids Edible Gardens Nelson (KEGS for short)

  • Supports schools to teach students about organic edible gardening.
  • Teaches how this relates to waste minimisation, healthy eating, physical activity and environmental awareness.
  • Provides resources, training and support for facilitators and teachers to link the garden to the current NZ Curriculum.

Our supporters

Nelson Environment Centre could not run the KEGS programme in Nelson without the valuable support of:

Bowater Motor Group

Nelson City Council

Nelson Community Health Trust

and the participating schools

Thank you!



How does KEGS work?

KEGS Nelson is coordinated by an NZ registered teacher. The coordinator facilitates the programme in two schools and supports facilitators and Lead Teachers in four schools.

KEGS aims to help maintain school edible gardens and embed them into the school culture in order to ensure their success as a long term learning tool. The KEGS programme has now become part of a class based curriculum programme and teachers delivering the programme have attended workshops to enhance students learning with activities in the classroom. Facilitators and teachers work together to adapt the provided planner for each season so that the school can add value to the programme. Doing this enables all students to be involved and helps build strong relationships within the school and wider community.

The Nelson Environment Centre has purchased and developed the initial KEGS resources from the Organic Garden City Trust to help schools use the gardens as a ‘living link’ to the school curriculum. Most Nelson KEGS Schools are Enviroschools, which provides a strong framework for education for sustainability. KEGS has provided students with an opportunity to integrate their waste, water and living landscapes learning hands- on so that they can see the whole process in action. From lunch waste collection to the composting process and the need to return nutrients back to the garden, students gain an understanding of how the system integrates to become a whole working system.


Why edible gardening?

It is widely accepted that edible gardens are a great way to get kids interested in the natural world – how things interact, where our food comes from, where our waste goes.

When kids are involved in growing and cooking their own food, they are more likely to take an interest in eating more healthily, plus they get the benefits of the physical activity.