Gilmore College’s sustainable garden kicking big goals

Back: MLA Roger Cook with teacher Lesley Brown, Front: students Olivia Morton, Lucy Mitchell and Brayden Kelly.
Back: MLA Roger Cook with teacher Lesley Brown, Front: students Olivia Morton, Lucy Mitchell and Brayden Kelly.

SMALL beginnings have led to an integrated learning program at Gilmore College thanks to their veggie patch.

Wanting to be more sustainable, the college began a small veggie patch which has blossomed into a program that teaches students about food security.

Sustainable garden committee teacher Lesley Brown said the program began in March 2017.

“The student council installed a sustainable wall garden using recycled materials such as milk bottles,” she said.

Not long after, students approached Bunnings Rockingham who helped by donating soil, raised garden beds and tools to expand their garden.

The City of Kwinana pitched in too, donating recycling bins with one now used as a compost bin.

A worm farm was also created by the students.

With the garden gracefully unfurling and the school beginning to see the fruits of their students’ labour, the school bought the students fruit trees

The latest addition to the garden has come thanks to donations from Reece Plumbing Rockingham, The City of Kwinana and MLA Roger Cook.

“Reece Plumbing gave us 11 bathtubs to use as raised beds, the City of Kwinana donated 10m3 of soil which we have planted out with seeds collected by the sustainability committee,” she said.

“Every year nine class will get a bath and the objective will be to grow as much food as possible as part of their curriculum on food security.”

Mr Cook donated $400 to purchase garden supplies at the local gardening centre Kearns Hardware.

Student Brayden Kelly said the idea had also stemmed from students wanting to ‘make Gilmore greater’.

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