Wonga sprouts a garden club
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