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Good garden grown at Mareeba State School

Monday, 13 Jul 2020

Proving that from little things big things grow, one of ten winners of the Growing Good Gardens Grant in 2019, Mareeba State School's garden has grown from strength to strength.

When Year 1 teacher, Skye Clarkson, applied for a Growing Good Gardens Grant, she never imagined it would flourish into the thriving space it is today but has been encouraged by the sense of community it brought to the school.

Miss Clarkson and students from Mareeba State School

Adding to the grant from Life Ed and grant partner, Yates, Miss Clarkson reached out to her community for support. Ranging from sustainable gardening expertise to donations of goods and labour, the response highlighted the strength of the Mareeba community.

With this community support the garden is now used to help students learn about healthy eating and the value of food.

“The purpose of the garden is to educate the students on something they might not have experienced before,” Mrs Clarkson said.

Before and after Growing Good Gardens Grants at Mareeba State School

A sense of community pride, the community garden has also become a hub for learning and source of fresh fruit and vegetables. With the support of a local sustainable gardening expert, the students have planted seven fruit trees, native plants to attract birds and 20+ vegetable varieties.

Apply for a grant today
If you’re looking to start a garden at your school, you can apply for and share in $10,000 worth of funding thanks to Life Ed partner, Yates