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Growing local

We're in the process of putting the garden 'to sleep' for the Summer Hols. 

We are manuring the small beds and those we don't cover with weed mat, we'll plant out with a cover crop. 

Hopefully we'll move salad production next term into the shade tunnel and more keenly  grow our own seedlings and develop the recycling program through our high school Ag Science partnership. The challenge will be to integrate the school tuck shop menu more with garden production while continuing to service our local hospitality outlets.

The whole project is a great credit to everyone: school staff, P&C, volunteers, the children  and the local community.

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Comment by Lissa on November 7, 2015 at 6:53

This will be an inspiration to many kids and parents Dave. Well done.

Comment by Dave Riley on November 6, 2015 at 17:53

The interesting aspect is that the garden project is a win:win for the school as it builds community credits and sustains enrolments.

What parent would not send their kids to such an environment?

And it works!

The children's engagement with fresh produce as it pans out on the dinner plate is awesome. So really this is where it's at, growing local. 

Lots of hurdles. Bureaucracy. Entrenched attitudes. Curriculum habits...

But it's driven by the mums and dads...who need our support -- our gardening skill set.

So think about that in your neighborhood.

Does your kids' or grand kids' school have a veg garden? If not, what sort of gardening protocol could be  fostered? 

But it won't work if you cannot recruit gardeners from the community...and I'm sure they are out there in every community. 

It also syncs with the local hospitality folk who have been so supportive.I mean fresh food on the plate! 

And they can say: it's a locally endorsed community resource! So come drink our coffee!

Has to kick in! 

The Qld Education curriculum is not, as yet, much engaged with stuff like this.But obviously the advantages are there as it relates to a lot of subject matter. 

The other core aspect is the way the garden is deployed to manage acting-out behaviors -- as a cooling off or reward zone.

And it comes at a cheap price. Assuming water input -- the returns by dint of community exchanges makes the  exercise self sustaining. You'll need a protective fence. A lock up shed. Some tools. Hose. You'll have a on hand skilled grounds person...

It's feasible.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on November 6, 2015 at 17:07

It truly is a credit to you all, Dave.

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