School garden receives seed funding

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Jimbour State School is a small, farming area school approximately 250km northwest of Brisbane.

The school is dedicated to educating local students and instilling respect, honesty, teamwork and responsibility. Currently, there are 20 students between Prep and Grade 3 attending Jimbour.

The school community were keen to reinvigorate the school garden that had been sitting idle for several years.  They saw the garden not only as a prospective teaching tool for curriculum, but also a way to develop within the students a sense of accomplishment and pride.

With the help of the third round of FRRR’s program, Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities funded by the Monsanto Fund, Jimbour State School purchased a watering system, six raised vegetable beds and other gardening supplies. In January 2018, they got to work.

This once tired school asset now has a new life, enabling the teachers to incorporate environmental awareness and sustainability into the curriculum. Students can gain an understanding of healthy produce, gardening, health and hygiene.  The garden is even used as a reference point for other subjects such as Mathematics and English, thereby enriching the entire curriculum. The new water system has also benefitted the schools chooks by getting them fresh, cool water easily.

The benefits of the community garden have extended beyond the school to the families of students as well. They use the vegetable garden as a community garden, tending to the gardens during the school holidays and taking home excess produce.