North Parmelia PS students to propagate vegies and seeds in sustainable way


Lisette Traves from the Department of Communities and Alysse Harrison from Satterley Property Group with North Parmelia Primary School students Ashanti McCue (10) and Brodie McDonald (10).
Lisette Traves from the Department of Communities and Alysse Harrison from Satterley Property Group with North Parmelia Primary School students Ashanti McCue (10) and Brodie McDonald (10).

NORTH Parmelia Primary School students will be propagating vegetables and seeds in a more sustainable way.

Developers Cassia North donated a new solar pump for the school’s two nurseries.

Satterley chief executive Nigel Satterley said it was fantastic to see North Parmelia Primary School committed to practicing educational and sustainable initiatives that students can implement at home.

School gardener and Sustainability co-co-ordinator Janene Watts said both seedling nurseries now run off the water tank using a solar pump.

“We are pleased that this ticks two environmental principals; both a reduction in energy and water consumption which is great education for the students of North Parmelia,” Ms Watts said.

North Parmelia Primary School has an active student Green Team.

Ms Watts said students grow vegetable produce and look after three veggie patches, an orchard area, composting and paper recycling requirements.

“Along with these activities, the students also propagate, from seeds and cuttings, local native plants and plant them throughout the school, providing food and protection for native birds and harmonising the school garden with its surrounding bushland,” she said.

“We have had two specially built shadehouses for our vegie and native seed propagation areas which is now fertilised from using the stored rainwater through the installation of a solar pump.

“One nursery produces all the seedlings for the vegie patches around the school and the other one produces native seedlings for the school garden.”

“Now we have the dual environmental objective of both power and water saving within the school.

“During the remainder of this year, we are hoping that our initial native seed propagation will have grown sufficiently enough to start planting in adjacent local bushland.”

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