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New Year 9 ‘I can grow food program’

Year 9 students at both campuses began an exciting new ‘I Can Grow Food’ program this term.

Working in House groups, every two weeks the students are spending time in the Beacon of Hope community garden, planting, maintaining and harvesting their ‘House’ allocated garden beds.

Sarah Dyce – Head of Citizenship and Service said that it has been “all hands on”, clearing existing produce and weeds, preparing the soil, planting seedlings and crops, and installing irrigation systems across the gardens.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to increase their knowledge of food systems, agriculture and learn how to care for growing produce, all while acquiring new skills”, she said.

The produce is currently being distributed to the Salvation Army, the Pakenham Community Grocer and the College Food Services team.