Wednesday, April 13, 2011

School Kitchen Garden Grants

Making soup – Lansdowne Crescent Primary

Clarendon Vale: – potato harvest

Helen volunteers regularly at Hutchins to help with the garden program

Bagdad Primary – making new garden beds
In 2010 Slow Food Hobart continued to support schools in the Hobart area to maintain their School Kitchen Gardens.  

Applications were forwarded to a number of schools based on the criteria that they were :: 
:: participating in the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI-Tas)
:: developing a kitchen garden 
:: pursuing a seed to plate education program 

Three schools were selected and each was granted $1000.  Richard Medhurst from Medhurst Equipment gave a very generous discount to the schools purchasing kitchen equipment.  The schools used the grant money in the following ways::

·       Clarendon Vale Primary School constructed a chook shelter and purchased chooks that were reared by the children. 

·       Bagdad Primary School purchased kitchen equipment to enable the students to cook and eat the produce from the vegetable garden.  They also constructed vegetable and compost beds.

·       Lansdowne Crescent Primary School purchased two class sets of crockery and cutlery to enable the students to prepare and share the food they harvest from the garden. Also purchased was a wonderful oven/stove top that has been put through its paces and given an excellent rating by our resident chefs.

School Kitchen Garden Grants for 2011
SFH has $3000 to support school kitchen gardens through the school grant program.  Applications have been called and six schools have been invited to apply. Their applications will be evaluated and grants awarded by the end of May.

Slow Food Hobart Volunteers  
A number of Slow Food Hobart members regularly volunteer their time to work in school kitchen gardens in and around Hobart.