Balga’s Warriapendi PS hopes to get fresh in 2018 thanks to new veggie garden


Haidee Swanby, Earl Balisacan and  Jasmin Roberts in veggie garden. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477631
Haidee Swanby, Earl Balisacan and Jasmin Roberts in veggie garden. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477631

WARRIAPENDI Primary School in Balga is looking to continue incorporating its recently-finished veggie garden into the classroom in 2018.

The school received a City of Stirling living green community grant for the garden in November.

The garden features sweet potatoes, herbs, gooseberries, apples, racon, capsicum and a big strawberry wall.

Sustainability teacher Barbara Astone said the school planned to add skills learned from the garden into the curriculum, which had a focus on sustainability.

“We hope to continue incorporating it into our literacy and numeracy classes,” she said.

“It gives the kids a chance to learn about rare and normal plants.

“We actually have a few kids in our class that have never eaten strawberries.”

Ms Astone said the canteen often used the fresh produce from the garden.

She said there was a big shift in schools in terms of sustainability where they looked at climate change, renewable energy and recycling.

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