If there's one thing kids are really good at, it's growing! At Springvale Garden Centre we want to foster this superpower and encourage our tamariki to get excited about growing their own food.

To help make this happen, we've partnered with the Whanganui Chronicle to create the Springvale Garden Centre School Vege Challenge.

The primary goal of the competition is to offer an introduction to gardening as a life skill for children and young people. Gardening is a great form of recreation with positive benefits for mental health through connecting with the outside environment. Plus, it's a great way to put food on the table!

For more information including key dates, judging criteria and prizes, download our info document.


2021 Winners: Mosston School

Latest from the Vege Challenge:

2022 School Vege Challenge Registrations Open

December 6, 2021

Changes for 2022

We learned a lot from running the first edition of the Vege Challenge in 2021 and have made some improvements to the structure of the competition and the criteria for judging, including:

  • Opening up the competition to all schools from primary through to secondary.
  • Professional judging across five categories, with $900 worth of prizes up for grabs.
  • A Peoples Choice award using anonymous photos so smaller schools can compete equally with larger ones.

Criteria for entry

To be eligible to enter the School Vege Challenge, your school must:

  • Be a Primary, Intermediate or Secondary school or kura (yrs 1-13).
  • Be within 20km of the Whanganui city limits.

The goods to get you started

The competition pack includes everything you need for a great vege garden, resources that schools can use to teach their students how to grow vegetables. It includes:

  • Yates Seeds
  • Yates Natures Way Organic Citrus, Veggie & Ornamental Spray
  • Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix
  • Zealandia Vegetable Punnets
  • Eastown Timber Planter Boxes
  • 6x Tui Vegetable Mix 40L
  • Tui Quash
  • Ican Organic Vegetable Food.

NZME and Springvale Garden Centre would like to thank our Starter Kit sponsors for their generous support:

  • Yates NZ
  • Zealandia Horticulture
  • ican
  • Eastown Timber
  • Tui Garden Products

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