Warrane Primary School launches MONA 24 Carrot Garden

WARRANE Primary School has officially opened its MONA 24 Carrot Garden and outdoor kitchen classroom.

Following four years participating in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, the school officially became a MONA 24 Carrot Program school in 2017.

Lead teacher Gabrielle Morton said the school approached MONA to collaborate after the successful work students had done in the kitchens and classrooms.

“Much of our normal curriculum is applicable to the garden, including subjects such as maths, science, environmental studies and more,” she said.

The garden and kitchen provide practical experience and life skills to the students.

Ms Morton said the school planned to harvest from the garden every two weeks and then sit down as a school for a healthy homecooked vegetarian meal, made by students of all grades.

“The garden and kitchen are an opportunity for students and staff to practise healthy eating habits and learn about the benefits of growing and then eating one’s own crops,” she said.

These positive outcomes are closely linked to the Australian curriculum and help develop knowledge of topical issues such as sustainability.

Warrane Primary School staff and students intend to share their new learning space with the local community.

“We will be looking at getting a greenhouse and pizza oven up and running, and hopefully we can bring the community in for local events,” Ms Morton said.

Grade six school captains Tara Hatcher and Kyisha Braslin said they were excited to start working in the garden and kitchen in their final year at Warrane Primary.

“The best part is how we get to do it all ourselves – the gardening and harvesting and then cooking,” Kyisha said.

Tara said cooking was the best part.

Ms Morton said the MONA 24 Carrot Garden Program had brought together both the school and local community.

“There is a real seed to plate effort coming from the students,” she said.

The MONA 24 Carrot Garden Program is a MONA initiative founded five years ago, aimed at educating children about healthy lifestyles and where food comes from.

So far, the program has been rolled out in 15 schools across the state.

The design for the Warrane Primary School garden and outdoor learning facility was created by Josh FitzGerald of Archier, in collaboration with the students.

Caption: Warrane Primary School captains, from left, Tara Hatcher and Kyisha Braslin in their new MONA 24 Carrot Garden.