By Nadia Surace
WANGANUI Park Secondary College Vegetable Garden Program last month received a Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant valued at $867.
The grant will further development of the program which involves students in soil-maintenance and testing, plant research and selection and pest and disease control.
Wanganui Park Secondary College Agricultural Class Coordinator, Chris Nancarrow says the garden is a hands-on learning area where students are taught about the importance of caring for the environment and what can be produced with a bit of hard work and patience.
“Our students are really enthusiastic about their garden and its contribution to our school community,” Chris said.
Coles Shepparton Store Manager, Jason Italia said Coles is proud to sponsor the school garden grants program.
“It’s great to be able to teach and reward positive environmental practices and we’re excited to see what the students at Wanganui Park Secondary College will create with help from the grant,” Jason said.
Wanganui Park Secondary College is one of 1,000 schools from across Australia to have received a Coles Garden Grant since the program, funded through reusable shopping bag sales at Coles, began in 2008.
Schools, kindergartens, day care centres and youth groups looking to start their own garden program can apply for a Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant by registering with Junior Landcare.
Go to: www.juniorlandcare.com.au or www.coles.com.au for more details.