Bendemeer Public Schools Sustainable Garden
Winners of a Yates & Life Education Australia’s Growing Good Garden Grant 2018!
Bendemeer Public School
The students at Bendemeer Public School created a sustainable garden where students are able to access and create from the produce being grown. The focus is on healthy eating and creating dishes from the ingredients being grown.
The team added in raised garden beds to update their growing area. The kids were so excited after the first one was installed that they started planting seeds as soon as they could. The teachers have added a trickling irrigation system to maximise the water efficiency and help with the plant growth.
The students have been actively involved in removing the older garden beds and making way for the new ones, all pitching in and letting their creativity grow. They have a new compost space to drive further sustainable activities.
"Students are planting a collection of herbs in pots to start our growing process” – Krystal Magann, Principal.
They have also now planted potatoes, watermelon and cucumber seeds in the older garden beds, plus beans in the new raised garden beds. The plan is to have some harvest before the upcoming school holidays.
The real highlight of the project has been the community coming together in many different ways. The students are getting out of the classroom and sharing knowledge of plant growing cycles and best practice, all skills they will use in the future. The students have a strong sense of ownership and renewed level of pride in their school that is evident in other ares of the school as well as the garden.