A greenhouse for a greener school
St Bernadette’s would like to purchase a greenhouse to support the children’s ‘Cafe Kids’ program and the school community’s efforts to become more environmentally sustainable. Children, parents and grandparents of St Bernadette’s will soon be involved in a ‘Gardening Club’. They will grow and harvest vegetables and herbs for their ‘Cafe Kids’ program, whereby children prepare, cook and serve meals for other children to order and eat. Excess food will be sold to the community with proceeds donated to Caritas, Project Compassion. Food scraps, collected within the school, contribute to our compost which enriches the garden bed soil and potentially the soil for growing seeds inside the greenhouse. Seasonal vegetables and herbs that cannot be planted in the garden beds will be grown inside the greenhouse. The greenhouse will be a dry and easily accessible place to document the tracking of growth and communications between the ‘Gardening Club’ members.
‘Cafe Kids’ program can access food that isn’t in season. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the science of food in its full cycle by growing their own food, from seeds donated by families, inside the greenhouse and then transfer the seedings to their vegetable garden. St Bernadette’s community will be contributing to a more sustainable future, which is something we are working hard at. The ‘Gardening Club’ will have a more appropriate environment for documenting notes, records and communications and organising equipment. More food = more excess = more sales = more Caritas donations.
Skilled parents will assemble the greenhouse and shelving within. Gardening Club members will plant and maintain the vegetable garden and greenhouse systems. Gardening equipment (eg. Spades, gloves, watering cans etc.) will be purchased with a Bunnings voucher donation.
The ‘Cafe Kids’ program will not be purchasing their produce from supermarkets and reducing the circulation of plastic waste in the environment.
The school reduces their carbon footprint by:
-Not contributing to the distribution/ transportation of fresh produce from farm to shelf and;
-Having a variety of purposes for our compost, so our food waste doesn’t contribute to landfill.
Category: Primary school
Council: Knox City Council
Organisation: St Bernadette’s The Basin Primary School
Nominated by: Mandy Beattie