Green reward reaped

Growing garden . . . Supergrans member Chris Cleavin (centre) has been mentoring St Kilda couple Peter Loudon and Grace Parsons as they grow their vegetable garden through the Dunedin City Council's Hand over a Hundy initiative. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A St Kilda couple is enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Peter Loudon and Grace Parsons have been growing their vegetable garden since September, through the Dunedin City Council’s Hand over a Hundy programme.

The programme is a one-year challenge for families to learn to grow their own vegetables.

The couple was given $100 and two garden beds to get started.

They have been mentored by Supergrans member Chris Cleavin, who guided them on which vegetables grow best each season.

So far, their produce includes red cabbage, tomatoes, rhubarb, broccoli and cauliflower.

Mr Loudon heard about the programme through the Supergrans cooking classes and had been trying to establish a garden for a few years.

“There’s a lot to learn,” he said.

“There’s quite an art to it.”

Ms Parsons said a lot of her friends had vegetable gardens and she invited them to see hers.

“They could not believe it,” she said.

“I look forward to coming home from work and seeing what’s grown.”

She also enjoyed incorporating their home-grown produce into their meals, and had developed a taste for fresh food.

The couple is one of eight families taking part in the programme.