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By ROBYN BRISTOW

Sweet corn is helping pay for an extra teacher at the small Rotherham primary school in North Canterbury.

A total of 15,000 seeds, producing 12 rows of the succulent vege were planted by a local farmer for the school.

And now the cobs are almost ready to be harvested and sold with students and the community joining together to get the job done.

Principal Ginny Macfarlane says an initial harvest is scheduled for March 3 signalling a “hectic” time for students who will probably harvest some of the corn in school time, but also for the community which will be lending a hand to harvest the cobs.

There is plans to take the harvest to the three North Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Shows – Amuri, Cheviot and Hawarden – and to the Hanmer Springs Farmers and Produce Market and the Waipara Farmers Market over coming weeks.

Pre-orders are also being taken through the school (03) 315 – 6368 (not the 314 – 6365 number in the paper edition). Ten cobs cost $5 or you can buy five for $3.

The proceeds will help pay for a third teacher at the school who works part time and ensures pupil ratios are manageable and children’s learning is of high quality.