Kids learn­ing about mak­ing liv­ing on land

The school will start its new ed­i­ble gar­den

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

THE pop­u­lar­ity of the kitchen gar­den has caught on at Oakey State High School, with plans afoot for an ed­i­ble gar­den thanks to a new grant help­ing schools de­velop en­vi­ron­men­tal or sus­tain­abil­ity projects.

The Queens­land Murray-Darling Com­mit­tee is of­fer­ing the grant through its Dirty Gloves in Schools pro­gram thanks to spon­sor­ship se­cured from To­tal Tools.

To­tal Tools Toowoomba man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Bos­man handed the first of the $1000 grants over to the school, en­abling stu­dents to plan, con­struct and nur­ture a large herb gar­den in their Ag Cen­tre.

“Agri­cul­ture is such a big part of our re­gion and To­tal Tools sees the value in pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est among young peo­ple in grow­ing their own food and get­ting hands-on with gar­den projects,” Mr Bos­man said.

The school’s ag sci­ence teacher, Deb Goudie, said the ed­i­ble gar­den con­cept was driven by the Stu­dent Coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee chair­man, Olivia Ber­lin, who asked the school to sup­port projects that had an en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit.

“Tra­di­tion­ally our work in the Ag Cen­tre was cen­tred on cur­ricu­lum ac­tiv­i­ties such as ex­per­i­men­tal prop­a­ga­tion but this grant has given us the chance to shift that fo­cus to the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of a sus­tain­able gar­den where stu­dents can grow their own food and pre­pare meals,” she said.

“We were also in­spired by vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents who have a fas­ci­na­tion for kitchen gar­dens and a real in­ter­est in where food comes from. There’s no doubt we

We were also in­spired by vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents who have a fas­ci­na­tion for kitchen gar­dens and a real in­ter­est in where food comes from. There’s no doubt we have the soil and space to grow pretty much any­thing. — Deb Goudie

have the soil and space to grow pretty much any­thing.”

The new gar­den should be com­plete by the end of the school year, with stu­dents study­ing agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion and home eco­nomics all play­ing a role in its de­vel­op­ment.

QMDC ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Shel­ley Purser said QMDC and To­tal Tools had opened a sec­ond round of grants to sec­ondary schools in the east­ern Darling Downs.

“In the last few years the num­bers of grants avail­able to schools has re­ally dropped off, so it’s ex­cit­ing to have To­tal Tools on board as a grant pro­gram spon­sor to cater to en­vi­ron­men­tal or sus­tain­abil­ity projects and fill the gap for sec­ondary schools want­ing to get such worth­while projects up and run­ning,” she said.

Sec­ondary schools can ap­ply for up to $1000 for projects based on sus­tain­abil­ity such as vegie patches, the pur­chase of irrigation and en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances or school ground bio­di­ver­sity.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED DIRTY GLOVES CEL­E­BRA­TION: (From left) Oakey State High School ag sci­ence teacher Deb Goudie, stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent Louise Dono­hoe and To­tal Tools Toowoomba man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Bos­man cel­e­brate the $1000 grant.

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