Livingstone's Veggie Garden Extension
Through this project, Livingstone Primary School aims to extend the current veggie garden to accommodate chickens and a coop for them as well as offering opportunities for more students to be involved in our gardening program. We also have a box for a worm farm but no place for this to go. We are seeking funding to provide materials to extend the fence line around the existing veggie garden, purchase equipment to care for and safely store chickens (including fox-proofing this area) and buy more compost bins for classrooms and tumblers for the garden. With the introduction of chickens, a worm farm and more compost tumblers, we will be able to increase our composting capacity from one year level (approximately 120 students) to the whole school (approximately 785 students).
This project will benefit our students and the broader community. By caring for the chickens, students will be given hands on experiences in caring for animals whilst developing a school-wide understanding of the composting process. The extension of the veggie garden will mean that more students can participate in the gardening program.
Through this program, we aim to develop our connections with Blue Cross Aged Care down the road and encourage more community engagement from parents, families and local businesses in sustainable practices. It is also hoped that it will also increase student engagement at the school in sustainability initiatives.
We have volunteers who have experience in caring for chickens which will be able to assist in the planning and maintenance of our chicken area, as well as skills in gardening and building to contribute to the project. Additionally, our student sustainability team will be raising money next term. Our local Bunnings have agreed to support our school community through donations of some materials and advice in how to set up this project. They have also offered to run gardening workshops for the students. We are excited that this partnership will be ongoing, well past the life of this project.
The project will drastically reduce the amount of food waste that is currently being sent to landfill at school and will enable our school to care for our gardens in a more sustainable way through using our own compost. When extending our gardens, we will be planting native plants, with the aim to provide an environment for native animals to return to the area (such as a range of protected frogs). Additionally, this project aims to bring sustainability to the fore across the wider school community and encourage more families to reflect on their waste practices.
Category: Primary school
Council: Whitehorse City Council
Organisation: Livingstone Primary School
Nominated by: Caleb Webb