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CHILDREN at Monash Preschool are
getting their hands dirty after their own
sustainable garden was established two
The preschool was successful in an
application for a Coles Junior
Landcare grant to help with the project.
The aim is to provide students and
the community to learn about sustain-
able gardening principles by growing,
caring and harvesting vegetables.
The grant allowed the preschool to
purchase two raised garden beds,
composting buckets, a compost tum-
bler and mulch.
Students are now learning about
reducing landfill and soil enrichment
by placing their biodegradable litter
into compost stations in each class-
They are also discovering the bene-
fits of using mulch in the garden to
help reduce water use, as well as
planting and caring for vegetable
Preschool committee president
Amanda Hall said the organisation was
grateful for the help from various
businesses within the community that
donated seedlings and other materials.
She said the committee may con-
sider extending the garden in the
Parent Mel Thompson believes it is
beneficial for the children to discuss
environmental issues, sustainability
and healthy eating.
"It gives the kids another focus --
those who may need a real task
oriented [project]," she said.
"They can chat with their friends --
it's a good opportunity for that to be
The teachers may introduce basic
cooking with the students once the
vegetables grow, but Ms Hall said this
was still undecided.
The remaining funds from the grant
were used to improve the preschool's
sensory garden and strawberry patch.
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