Lucky School on Palmerston has been fortunate to have secured garden materials from the Adaptation Fund PEARL Project. CLIMATE CHANGE CI/23060750
School students on Palmerston Islands are developing green fingers.
Lucky School on Palmerston has been fortunate to have
secured garden materials from the Adaptation Fund PEARL Project.
According to the island’s executive officer Arthur Neale, the
materials enabled the construction of a shade garden for the school, which was
built by administration staff on the island.
Students from the school have an extended class every
Thursday morning, learning about gardening which is taken by the agriculture
officer on Palmerston.
Thus far, students are growing cabbages, string beans,
bokchoi and cucumbers.
They also have vanilla vines growing in planters and other
crops planted in food cubes.
Neale said he is overly excited and proud of the results
achieved so far and further stated, “the chipper received by the school is the
key to the healthy crops from all the composting added to the soil, enhancing
growth to the plants.”
The school is also looking at experimenting with other crops
in the future.
Palmerston Island has about 30 inhabitants. It has no
airport or airline services and takes about two days to reach from Rarotonga by
boat. It also has a colourful backstory.
Although Captain Cook landed on the island in 1777, it was
in 1863 that William Marsters, a ship’s carpenter and barrel maker, arrived on
Palmerston from Manuae with two Polynesian wives.
He took a third wife and had a large family of some 23
children, whose descendants now inhabit Palmerston. As a result, Palmerston
Island is the only island in the Cook Islands for which English is the native