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Inspiring Careers in Agriculture and Horticulture 19 May 2021

Teaming up with the Great South Southland Youth Futures team who are part of a programme to provide career exploration opportunities to Southland youth we hosted 27 Year 9 and 10 students from James Hargest College Agriculture & Horticulture classes. Sheltered in the purpose built education centre for Southland weather days such as this we provided hands on practical experience with NZ native plant propogation through both cuttings and seed sowing (covering ecosourcing, seed collection and preparation). We talked about links the Southland Community Nursery has with community projects for conservation restoration plantings, shelter belt and riparian plantings on farm properties. The management of pests was demonstrated linking to Jobs for Nature and Predator 2050. A walk between rain showers completed the visit showcasing the wetland creation and plantings to inspire these students.

Bronwyn, Chris and Mark