Kids abuzz about Ju­nior Land­care Work­shop

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

St Marys Pri­mary School, Corowa and Mul­wala Pub­lic School par­tic­i­pated in a “Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture” work­shop at the Corowa Com­mu­nity Gar­dens on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13.

The Ju­nior Land­care pro­gram is be­ing de­liv­ered by Corowa Dis­trict Land­care.

Stu­dents ro­tated around three hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties. Karen Re­tra, co-founder of the Na­tional Pol­li­na­tor Count, demon­strated the vi­tal im­por­tance of pol­li­na­tors for agri­cul­ture. She showed the chil­dren how to iden­tify var­i­ous bees, wasps, flies and but­ter­flies.

The chil­dren were amazed at the va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent pol­li­na­tors. They were sur­prised to learn that there are many im­por­tant na­tive in­sect species that pol­li­nate crops.

Sally Hughes from Corowa Land­care con­structed a worm farm from a bath tub us­ing waste ma­te­ri­als. Worm bed­ding was made from cow pats, old hes­sian and shred­ded pa­per. Then a food layer was cre­ated us­ing cof­fee grounds, com­post and scraps.

The kids were im­pressed that these waste ma­te­ri­als could be turned into ex­cel­lent fer­tiliser to be re­turned to the veg­etable beds.

Per­ma­cul­tur­al­ist Natasha Stafford dis­cussed the fea­tures and im­por­tance of healthy soil, demon­strat­ing how mi­cro-or­gan­isms, or­ganic mat­ter, wa­ter and air are all im­por­tant parts of healthy soil.

The Ju­nior Land­care Pro­gram has been sup­ported by Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices through fund­ing from the Na­tional Land­care Fund­ing. This fund­ing stream has now ceased and Corowa Land­care hopes to find a new fund­ing source to con­tinue the Ju­nior Land­care work­shops.

Corowa Tree of Life Vice Pres­i­dent, Joan Palmer is thrilled to have school stu­dents com­ing to en­joy and learn from the Corowa Tree of Life Com­mu­nity Gar­den. The gar­den is ful­fill­ing its pur­pose as an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity that teaches sus­tain­able food grow­ing prac­tices as well as be­ing a peace­ful and in­spir­ing place for our com­mu­nity to visit.

Jor­dan Allen and Ted Thomas from St Mary’s.

St Mary’s stu­dents Eve Lassey and Jor­dan Allen mak­ing a worm farm.

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