Curriculum - Harvest Kitchen Garden

Here at Badger Creek Primary, we are working at building up our existing Harvest Garden.

In 2015, we strengthened our connections with community, working with Healesville High School and the Badger Creek Men's Shed to construct 4 new wicking garden beds. These beds were made from repurposed fruit crates. The boxes are lined with pond plastic to make them waterproof, then part filled with scoria. A layer of geo-fabric or similar is added before the soil is added. An intake pipe is installed so that the bottom section can be filled with water. An outlet pipe shows when the bed is full. These wicking beds are a water-wise option, requiring watering less often than conventional beds. Our junior students planted the beds out with seedlings, then mulched topped it off. We made delicious Beetroot Hommus with the first crop harvested! Yum! We have our Harvest Kitchen ready for groups and classes to cook up a storm. Classes are encouraged to use the kitchen as often as possible.

The Garden also homes our small orchard with student-grafted trees.

In 2016, we plan to enclose the entire area to provide opportunities for expansion and focused activities during both class and lunch times. In March, we were successful in our Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning's School Community Project application. With this funding, we will once again work with Healesville High School's VCAL Team and the Badger Creek Men's Shed to design, construct and establish a Hen House. We can't wait for have beautiful hens roaming around our yard!

If you would like to help out with our gardens, please let us know.