Students dig school’s new garden program

STUDENTS at Sale’s Guthridge Primary School have been able to start their own worm farms thanks to a junior Landcare grant.

The school received $869 to assist with the development of its school garden project, Guthridge Greenies.

The project is one of more than 100 to be recognised in the second round of junior Landcare garden grants this year.

Teacher Amanda Beer said the project was a fun experience that allowed the students to get hands-on with the environment around them and discover their green thumbs in an exciting and engaging way.

“The composting bins purchased with the Coles junior Landcare grant will form a valuable part of the school’s sustainability program,” she said.

“The compost bins will be added to every day with food scraps from students’ lunches, and then the compost will be used to provide our veggie garden with fantastic nutrients.”

With the small kitchen garden at the school funded in 2009, students have been able to participate in grow and pick days, where they are able to take fresh produce home with them.

Scraps from the school’s breakfast club are also recycled by feeding hens, which lay eggs for the breakfast club.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.