Garden growing kids
AFTER receiving funding last year for an alternative project, Tuntable Falls Community School are thriving from the outcomes.
At the end of last year the school received $60,000 in funding from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and put the money to use creating a community garden in a deserted paddock on the grounds, a kitchen out of a defunct classroom, and an outdoor classroom.
Together the three areas act as venues for learning, with the ecological learning done covering the core curriculum for NSW Primary Schools, said Tuntable Falls Community School principal, Thomas Rose.
He explained the children get to explore the whole cycle of vegetable growth, from soil prep, to planted, nurturing the growth, to harvesting, to cooking meals out of the yield, to then making compost with the scraps to nourish the garden.
While doing so, these activities are incorporated into maths, literacy, art and science and technology classes for the children, so the children get to engage in practical solutions to complex problems that face them in a real-life, real-time scenario.
For more info on the community garden, contact the school on 6689 1423.