Students dig in as Montrose Bay High garden grows

8 September 2023|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Students dig in as Montrose Bay High garden grows|

Montrose Bay High students have helped redevelop the school’s bountiful 24 Carrot Garden and recently celebrated its official opening with a pizza party.

Assisted by the 24 Carrot Gardens team, Montrose students have worked hard over recent months to reshape the garden, which they started last year.

Students have been actively involved in designing, planting and maintaining the garden, which now includes upgraded paths, increased planting areas, a recycling and compost station, a hothouse, structures to support vines and hanging trees, a calm corner, and more garden beds for extra plants.

Students finished planting last month and celebrated by firing up the on-site pizza oven and cooking fresh pizzas for their friends and teachers.

An education program of the Material Institute Tasmania, 24 Carrot Gardens was initially rolled out to southern Tasmanian primary schools but was last year introduced to four southern high schools – Montrose Bay, Kingston High, Jordan River Senior School and Bayview Secondary College.

“The kitchen garden program has been invaluable in engaging with students and encouraging them to learn more about and develop their own healthy eating habits,” Montrose Bay High principal Tim Nicholas said.

“The garden sessions are an important way to bring the classroom outside, offering sensory experiences and enhanced learning opportunities in a unique setting.

“Students have picked up practical skills like making pizza from scratch, incorporating recycling and composting practices into everyday life, and making their own ceramic plates to be more sustainable.

“Beyond these practical skills, students are also exposed to food production, science, horticulture and propagation, and community engagement, which are beneficial as future lifelong skills.”

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