Agnes Water State School creates a Food Forest
Winners of a Yates & Junior Landcare Creative Garden Grant!
Agnes Water State School create a Food Forest and Bush Tucker Garden to harvest their own food.
Students at Agnes Water State School have been working in the establishment of their ‘food forest’ and ‘bush tucker garden’ with the aim to harvest their own food for cooking and health education.
Every week the Enviro Group and the Garden Club have been weeding, mulching, watering, planting, harvesting and collecting vegetables. And every Friday, students have been cooking with the fresh produce, including: salads, stir-fries, curries, and potato bakes. They have been surprised at how good things can taste!
Among other activities, students have built three corrugated raised beds and three flat beds for planting vegetables. They have planted potatoes in recycled garbage bins and a number of fruit trees and native trees in their ‘food forest’.
While students and teacher are busy working in their food forest and gardens, the school is currently investigating automatic irrigation for the garden to ensure that it survives over the school holiday.
“The garden has become a magnet to the children at the start of the day and at lunch times. Snacking on the snow peas, watching the pumpkins grow bigger everyday, watching the ladybirds eating the aphid on the bok choy. Watering their trees and seeds, watching things grow. There's always something happening!”
– Kate Lucas, Teacher
What did they grow
Potatoes, sweet potato, turmeric, coriander, daikon radish, carrots, bok choy, lettuces, beetroot, tatsoi, sweet potato, pumpkin, amaranth, garlic chive, lemon grass, eggplant, zucchini and basil.