On Tuesday, the Year 6’s harvested 5 more hampers of fresh produce from the school’s food garden.  This finalizes the Growing Food for the Community Program for 2015 with 15 hampers being distributed to those in need in the local community.

The first part of the program began in Term 2 where students were taught key\ concepts of organic gardening.  These concepts included the types of vegetables grown as ‘cool season’ crops, how to attract beneficial insects to the garden, the importance of biodiversity, integrated pest management and soil structure & health.   The second part of the program enabled the students to harvest their vegetables and prepare hampers.  These hampers were then donated to Saint Vincent de Paul for distribution to those in need, in our local community. 

Once again this has been a wonderful program to be part of and the support from all is truly heartfelt.  It is a great example of a combined community effort comprised of a local business, (Dunsborough Mitre 10), parent volunteers, teachers, students, Saint Vincent de Paul and community members.  Working together to make a positive difference for those in need in the community.

Special thanks to Trent & Kristen Wilson of Dunsborough Mitre 10 for sponsoring the school’s food garden this year, donating seedlings, seeds and soil improvers.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

A big thank you also to Saint Vincent de Paul representatives, Dennis Sully and Chris Derickx and their fellow volunteers for ensuring the prompt distribution of the hampers to recipients and for their wonderful support.

Many thanks also to Mr Des Wilke, Mr Adrian Torrese and Mrs Caitlin Delane for their enthusiasm and support for this program and for ensuring its inclusion into the school’s curriculum.

Finally a big thank you to all year 6 students for always showing keen interest in learning and a genuine desire to make a difference in someone else’s life.

We are hoping to run this program again next year but need support from the school community.  If you have organic gardening experience and would like to help out with this program, please contact me on 0448 567 369 to register your interest.  To anyone who will have a child in Year 6 next year, this is a great opportunity to be involved in your child’s learning experience.

Alisa Allison

Food Garden Co-Ordinator

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