The Scots School Lithgow
||Munch and Crunch Garden|
|School||The Scots School Lithgow|
||$1,000 (Excluding GST)|
|Year/Round||2010 Round 1|
The Scots School Lithgow have built a successful vegetable garden with complementary worm farm, tumble composter (pictured below) and 700L steam lined water tank. The schools parents and community citizens have also been very active in helping to install and work with children. They have also used excess vegetables to show students how to make other products i.e. green tomatoes left over from the tomato bushes were used to make pickles. The community was also keen to help The Scots School realise their Munch and Crunch Garden and The Lithgow community nursery donated local native seed and knowledge of how to propagate seed. We were able to achieve many seedlings and approx 5 large mature plants successfully to transfer into the garden.
Some of the many benefits of the project are improved efficiencies such as Reduced garbage, Increased green waste, Greater recycling, Increased student interest in eating and trying healthy foods, Increased sustainable, water storage and usage for tending to the garden through using tank water. The garden has allowed teachers and students to explore the curriculum outcomes when studying units PDHPE healthy eating units / personal health choices, Science and Technology Units across the whole school, HSIE Units Across the whole school. Some environmental outcomes included developing student knowledge and understandings about the nature and function of ecosystems and how they are interrelated (K1) and the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
A message from The Scots School “Thank you for the opportunities that you have allowed to our school. Through this grant the students have had a wonderful time constructing, recycling, growing and eating the produce from the garden. It has helped in many curriculum areas and has allowed parents to become more involved in projects at the school. As a whole school we are now able to program this wonderful resource and the many ways we can utilise it into programs to meet many curriculum requirements”.