Monday, 10 November 2014

The Fiacre’s Food Garden by Elina de Rosnay

In the Fiacre's Food Garden we harvest seeds and we have a greenhouse where we plant seeds and let them grow until they are big enough for the garden. When we harvest seeds we plant them straight away. In our garden we have lettuce, tomatoes, peas, beans, cauliflower, cucumber, strawberries, corn, carrots, basil, rocket, coriander, patatos, capsican, blueberries and passion friut.

The teachers that help us in the garden are Miss Belim and Miss Nashaty. They teach us how to plant different seeds including herbs and vegetables.Other things they teach us is how to mulch the garden and how different plants need different amounts of water.   

When the beautiful fruits, vegetables and herbs are ready to pick we use some of it in our kitchen lessons. So far in the kitchen we have made wheat tortias and garden sald with dressing. My favourite thing about kitchen is we always try new things and use fresh ingredients.  

By Elina de Rosnay   

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Seed Saving

Our rocket plants have produced heaps of seeds so we've kept them to dry and replant

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Today's Garden lessons.

Stage 2 are participating in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project. Today we had lots of gardening jobs to do which included:
Collecting beautiful rich compost that we have been looking after all year. 
Collecting worms from the compost to establish another worm farm. 
Collecting food scraps from the Kitchen lesson to feed the worms. 
Mixing the compost into our food garden. 
Starting a new compost bin. 

Take a look!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Fiacre's Food Garden is complete!

Today our stage 2 classes had their first garden lesson. We planted peas, beans, lettuce, carrots and a whole bunch of herbs. Now we just have to look after our garden and watch it grow!!!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ready to plant!

Our irrigation system is in. Our kids have been preparing the soil with a generous dose of worm juice. Our seedlings are ready to be planted. 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Sowing seeds

Our garden group had a busy afternoon. Thanks to Christina and Saskia for building our very own green house. Edie, Alessia and Sandia did a great job painting our sign for the garden while our other gardeners sowed carrot, sugar peas, beans and lettuce seeds. Watch our garden grow!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Our soil is here!

Our gardening team were hard at work leveling out our delivery of soil for Fiacre's Food Garden. We are also making compost and collecting worm juice for our garden. 
Now, what to plant?

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fiacre's Food Garden takes shape.

Our Green Team made a start on our 'no dig garden' today. Layers of fertilizer, newspaper, straw and compost should make a great garden bed for planting next term. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wonderful Worms

We have our second worm farm up and running. Our Environment Team are feeding our worms food scraps collected from our classrooms. Yummy food for our worms and less waste in our garbage bins. We were excited to collect our first bottle of worm wee! We're saving this up to fertilize Fiacre's Food Garden - hopefully started before the holidays. 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The learning journey begins

Here are Stage 2 kids watching a live webcast on sustainable gardening today. Costa from Gardening Australia (ABC) answered lots of questions from kids around Australia about gardening. We learned how to make a 'bug hotel' to encourage good bugs in our garden. We also learned about the importance of poo! We hope put on more webcasts. Go to the site to watch more videos on gardening. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Newspaper needed

For Fiacre's Food Garden, we will be creating a "no-dig" garden. For more info click on the link below
We will be needing lots of newspaper. Can you help by donating your unwanted newspaper? Drop them off in the school playground.
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle 

Also, we will be needing to edge our garden. Any landscapers, builders or handymen willing to help us out??? See Michelle Nashaty if you can help.

We need newspaper!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Can you help get Fiacre's Food Garden started?

Donations wanted.
Before we spend any money, we are wanting to reuse and recycle as much as possible.
Can you help us by donating...
Garden tools, wheelbarrows, materials for our garden edging (eg railway sleepers) ?
To start our no-dig garden we needs LOTS of newspaper.

Our school Environment Team met today and are very excited about getting started.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Welcome !

I am thrilled to announce that St Fiacre’s is the proud recipient of the 2013 Food Gardens in Schools grant. This project has been provided by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust and is to the value of $3500!!! This funding will allow us to transform an area in our playground into a flourishing Food Garden (aptly named Fiacre’s Food Garden - the patron saint of gardening) where our inner city children will be given a ‘hands on’ opportunity to experience the thrill of planting, growing and eating food they have grown themselves.

What better way for us to share how our garden is progressing than a blog. Here you can join the conversation and get involved. I will be encouraging our children to monitor the garden and keep you posted with photos and messages.

At this stage we have only just received the good news so there will be some waiting time before we receive any funds. This is a great opportunity to get a team of enthusiastic and
parents, children and teachers. Please let me know if you would like to be involved.

Many thanks to Margaret Kirton (mother of previous student Cate) who assisted us in writing the grant proposal. And a BIG thank you for the NSW Government and the Environmental Trust for allowing an additional 32 schools to received Food Garden grants. So see the recipients go to