Wonga sprouts a gar­den club

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

THE Wonga Beach Com­mu­nity Gar­den has taken off this year, with the first crop of the season picked in re­cent weeks.

The com­mu­nity gar­den is housed in­side the Wonga Beach State School, with mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity, par­ents, grand­par­ents and stu­dents of the school ea­gerly work­ing to­wards the goal of a com­mu­nal gar­den that will pro­vide pro­duce for use within the school tuck­shop and other com­mu­nity ven­tures.

The driv­ing force be­hind the gar­den is Wonga Beach State School par­ent and tuck­shop con­venor Danielle Reilly, who has worked tire­lessly over the past 12 months to see the project come to fruition.

Her band of loyal volunteers, have re­searched, de­signed, built and main­tained the gar­den and last week were able to pick their first or­ganic pro­duce – zucchinis.

The zucchinis were then used in the school tuck­shop to make de­li­cious home­made sausage rolls, which the stu­dents de­voured.

The school has re­cently in­tro­duced a “Gar­den Club” whereby stu­dents visit the com­mu­nity gar­den to as­sist in main­tain­ing the gar­den beds as well as plant­ing new pro­duce dur­ing school lunch times.

School prin­ci­pal Tracy Mus­sap is de­lighted to have the gar­den op­er­at­ing within the school as it al­lows yet an­other op­por­tu­nity for the school to teach their stu­dents about be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble.

“It is al­ways a good thing when we can teach stu­dents about the dif­fer­ence they can make to the en­vi­ron­ment – the com­mu­nity gar­den demon­strates the im­pact of be­ing self­suf­fi­cient and sus­tain­able and we also use the ‘worm tea’ from our worm farm as fer­tiliser for the gar­den, so stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand how eas­ily they can make a dif­fer­ence,” Miss Mus­sap said.

Volunteers are al­ways wel­come at the gar­den and any en­quiries can be di­rected to the school.

Some of Wonga Beach’s green thumbs: (left to right) Terry Malone, Charli, Tyler, Cash, Annabelle, Charli, Cathy Malone and Danielle Reilly

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