||Sustainable Garden Project|
|Year/Round||2010 Round 2|
From our Coles Junior Landcare garden grant we have been able to purchase a 4 worm farms, 3 compost bins and install 5 vegetable garden beds. The students have learnt sustainable farming techniques, through the use of organic farming techniques (worm wee and horse poo fertilizers/ producing our own compost) . For our gardens environmentally friendly strategies are a priority e.g. the use of cardboard sourced from a supermarket used as weed matting instead of using plastic. Recycling is also an important part of our garden program such as creating natural fertilizers from garden waste, food scraps and water in our worm farms. We have also seen improved efficiencies at Findon High by providing herbs & vegetables to our Home Economics classes, we have reduced costs & ensured that produce is fresh & organic.
We are also engaging with other part of the community with our garden project. Local Primary schools have visited and the horticulture class is working with Kilkenny Primary on their garden and cooking projects. Two local businesses are sponsoring some of the gardening work. The Western Area VET group are involved in the clearing & building aspects of the course. The Charles Sturt Council is keen to become involved and has donated mulch . We are currently sourcing funding to install 2 large rainwater tanks in the garden – students have prepared the site for these tanks. We are consulting with OPAL about adding rainwater tanks & an outdoor oven.
A message from Findon High: “Thank you to Coles for their contribution to this project – funding is hard to come by & much appreciated”.