[6 October/ New Zealand Herald]

Garden enthusiast Sara Hamilton has won a $5000 AMP regional scholarship that she will use to help reach her goal of creating a community that can feed itself from its backyard gardens. This Grow for Life and Love project became important for Ms Hamilton after she began working with Totara Grove School as a volunteer and used her love of gardening to inspire young children of the community to have environmental pride. Her next step is to create a Tikipunga food forest and resource centre, where she will provide tools, seedlings, information and anything required to create a home garden at no expense to the community. It is hoped this will be funded by donations from the community, businesses and her own resources including the $5000 grant.