Kids abuzz about Junior Landcare Workshop
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.