Congratulations to the winners of the Back to Earth South East Garden Prize

A huge congratulations to our Grand Prize winner St Kevin’s Primary School for their project ‘St Kevin’s Community Patch’! They will be using the $5000 prize to extend their existing vegetable patch into a holistic sustainable garden for all, including sensory, herb and vegetable gardens and a worm farm. The garden will provide a valuable educational resource for students and their families to learn about gardening and the benefits of eating fresh produce, as well as the importance of returning nutrients back to earth through composting. Thank you again to Gardenworld for their sponsorship of the prize.

We also congratulate our category winners – Langwarrin Preschool’s ‘Operation ‘Upgrade Veggie Patch’; Sandringham College’s ‘Greening Project’ and Longbeach Anglican Parish’s ‘Pantry Gardens’. Each of the category winners receive $1000 to help their project bloom. Read all about the winning projects below.

All of the South East Garden Prize nominated projects were inspiring and worthy. Thanks to Mr Fothergills’, all nominated projects will receive herb, vegetable and/or flower seed packets to help their gardens bloom.

Thank you again to everyone who nominated, pledged and voted, and congratulations on growing amazing support and almost 20,000 votes across 70 extremely worthy projects. Watch this space to see how the winning projects bloom!


St Kevin’s Community Patch

Our project ties in with the Back to Earth Initiative as we wish to increase community awareness regarding ways that we can work together to create a more sustainable future.
We are a very diverse community celebrating 52 cultures. Many of our families have no experience of gardening. We would like to extend our existing vegetable patch into a sustainable garden area, through community involvement.
The project will be linked to student learning by including them in all stages of creating and maintaining a sustainable garden through: collecting and using their food scraps to feed a worm farm and to make compost for the garden; selling the produce to the community; and creating funds to buy more seedlings, etc., thus creating an ongoing, sustainable project. We have attempted some of these measures in the past, but believe that we have not connected them effectively for sustainability.