Kia ora, my name is Anita Croft and I believe that all young children should know how to grow their own food. I am a qualified early childhood teacher with six years experience teaching in the early childhood sector and eight years teaching student teachers in the tertiary sector. In 2016 I completed my Master of Education, studying pre-service early childhood teachers' preparedness to teach education for sustainability.

I have a long-held passion for growing my own food that began in my own childhood. Growing sustainable food is something that I strongly believe should be part of every centre’s curriculum. I believe that all children should develop lifelong skills for growing their own food and reducing their impact on the environment, and it needs to begin in the early childhood.

In 2018 I decided to combine my passion for gardening and sustainability with my passion for teaching young children and began Growing Kiwi Gardeners. 

 Growing Kiwi Gardeners mission is to inspire the early childhood community to build an ecologically sustainable curriculum that seeks to reduce human impact on the planet through gardening programmes and professional development 

 Growing Kiwi Gardeners vision is to be the leading provider of sustainable gardening and professional development programmes for early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand