Vegetable Garden Learning Centre
The Vegetable Garden Learning Centre aims to teach the students practical gardening skills, demonstrate the basic science behind growing nutritious food locally and to nurture a love of gardening, the natural environment and all the amazing processes that make a garden ecosystem function.
With the successful installation of raised vegetable garden beds, a variety of fruit trees including cirtus and olives, a worm farm, the students at St Helena's are now involved in managing all aspects of the garden. Students are responsibile for feeding and tending to the worms, mulching and watering the gardens, controlling pests on plants and planting and harvesting the vegetables. Students collect lunch leftovers and organic waste which is put into the worm farm system, reducing the school's waste going to landfill.
A community working bee was held to set up the garden where a number of the school's parent volunteers worked together to create the outdoor classroom. The trees in the Vegetable Garden Learning Centre were all donated by parents of the school.
The Vegetable Garden Learning Centre is a valuable teaching resource where the students learn practical skills and begin observations in key ecosystem processes such as nutrient and water cycling. This gives children a good basic understanding of the requirements for a vegetable garden ecosystem to provide healthy food.