Sow & Grow your edible garden – SBS Bank revitalises spring
It was such a success in 2010, that the team at SBS Bank and the Queenstown Harvest
Community Gardens are joining forces to bring it back again – and this time their seed
giveaway is bigger and better than ever.
Officially launching on Thursday 1 September, the community-inspired Sow & Grow
initiative will see the team at SBS Bank Queenstown giving away hundreds of packets of
vegetable and herb seeds to encourage their community members to grow their edible
SBS Bank business development officer Honor Mathieson said they had been ecstatic to
see a green finger revival sparked in the Lakes District last year with individuals, schools
and organisations harvesting the rewards of their planting projects.
“Last year’s community giveaway was amazing and the support we have received from
local community groups and businesses for this year’s giveaway is overwhelming. Our
vision to create a sustainable, community-driven, hands-on growing experience everyone
can embrace has certainly come to fruition and we know the interest is already building
for the next giveaway.”
Ms Mathieson said the concept had proven popular with some preschools and schools
using the initiative as an educational project, so it was intended to take the Sow & Grow
initiative into several of the local schools for the next round with the help of the local
Enviroschools Facilitator. SBS Bank is also proud to sponsor the 2012 Lake Hayes A & P
Show’s vegetable growing competition and will be encouraging their community members
and school children to enter the contest.
“One of our local non-profit SBS Star account holders, the Queenstown Harvest
Community Gardens Inc, has again joined us to for the promotion and we will be joining
them at the Remarkables Midwinter Market on Saturday 27 August, from 10am to 3pm, to
launch this year’s initiative.”
Highlights will include Jacqui Stubbs attendance for booking signings between 11am and
12pm for her Raising Queenstown book on sale for $25, with a $5 donation from
proceeds going towards the purchaser’s choice of school or the Queenstown Harvest
Community Gardens. There will also be free balloons and stickers and a demonstration
on how to make a newspaper pot for planting seeds.
Attendees will have the opportunity to become a member of the community gardens and
apply for a plot to grow their own vegetables, enter the SBS Bank prize draw and be in to
win one of many great prizes being donated by local businesses supporting the initiative,
Ms Mathieson said.
The local business support has been extremely generous this year with Shotover Garden
Centre, Jim Shaw and Thalia Dunn from Lawn and Property Maintenance, Lake Hayes A
& P Show, Central Wormworx, Easy-Veg, Queenstown Landscaping, Remarkables
Market and Wanaka Wastebusters all donating services and goods for prizes. Not to be
left out, SBS Bank is also donating many Edible Garden books as well.
Ms Mathieson said the promotion would continue until all of the seeds had been given
away and people can visit the Queenstown SBS Bank team in the branch to collect their
For further information please contact:
Honor Mathieson, Business Development Officer SBS Bank Queenstown
Tel: 03 441 0272; Email: email@example.com
We had a successful day at the Remarkables Market on Saturday so you'd better be quick if you want any of the packets of seeds that the SBS Bank are giving away, if the enquiries we had were anything to go by.
Thank you Robin, Annette and Kelly for helping out on the stall.
If you are willing to commit to raising some seedlings to be ready for sale by Labour weekend and donate them to Harvest Gardens, we could sell them at the Remarkables Market on the 22 October to help raise much needed funds.
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to participate in the Labour weekend stall.