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Our aim is to provide early exposure and involvement in gardening to children, ideally fostering a love of the outdoors and encouraging them to take an active role in caring for the environment and understanding their role in a sustainable future. They will be encouraged to water and check the growth of the vegetables and herbs, talk about any changes occurring, look at any problems that may arise relating to pests and problem solving these issues and ultimately harvesting the vegetables. The garden beds will be raised structures and the existing bath tubs will be painted and filled with soil. All structures will be planted out with a variety of vegetables and herbs. Each classroom will be provided with marked bins for any compostable food scraps which will be placed into the compost bins. A water pump will be installed to allow ease of watering from the existing water tank.
Gardening is an important learning experience the school wishes to make accessible to all students. It is anticipated the children will begin to understand the effects on the environment and sustainability, the importance of composting in reducing landfill and the advantages of healthy eating. Children benefit in being hands on. Involving them in the growing of the vegetables including cultivating the soil, composting and ultimately using the produce that they have grown to prepare meals will assist them in developing an awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things.
The garden bed structures will be built by our local Men’s Shed and volunteers from within the school community will provide assistance in the ordering of the required materials, the filling of the garden bed structures and bathtubs with soil and the placement of stepping stones and compost bins within the area. The children will be engaged to paint the bathtubs in bright colours and carry out the planting of the vegetables and herbs. A qualified local plumber and electrician will be engaged to install the necessary fittings to the water pump to enable the use of the water tank.
• Assist in teaching children the importance of healthy eating and guide them away from obesity issues;
• In minimising fungicides and pesticides this will reduce the pollution within our environment and waterways;
• Increased physical activity amongst the school community;
• Provide greater social interaction;
• Take home produce will help reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the transportation, storage and packaging of shop bought produce;
• Will contribute to the number of plants on the planet and the conversion of carbon into oxygen;
• Composting our food scraps will cut down on what is thrown away and reduce the amount of food waste in landfill.
Category: Primary school
Council: Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Organisation: Chirnside Park Primary School
Nominated by: Sue VanderRee