My role as the resident Horticulturist at two Primary schools on the south side of Brisbane, inspire our younger generation to plant and experience the joy of growing fruit and vegetables. It can be curriculum matched or just good old growing, in any case it’s always fun.
For the past 3 years, Penola Patch has been an outdoor classroom to year 6 and 7 students at St Mary MacKillop Primary School, Birkdale. The children learn about growing vegetables organically, enriching the soil with manure, fertilising and composting. A chook house has recently been added to the garden area.
During 2014, Year 6 produced a bounty of vegetables throughout the year and the children also learnt about companion planting.
I also have the pleasure and privilege to be working with children at St Martin’s Primary School at Carina. This relatively new garden is made up of above ground beds and our garden area has gradually grown with the recent addition of a no-dig star garden, a sandstone seating area and big storage boxes.
The Prep and Year 1 classes have enjoyed their time growing snow peas, beans, tomatoes and some companion plants. During semester 3, Year 5 science students grew vegetables and learnt about plant adaptations. These classes are curriculum matched. Year 7 have just planted 3 citrus trees as a living Legacy to the school.