Apollo Bay P-12 College’s Brian Humphries says the college’s statewide school garden accolade is “a community award as much as it is a school award”.
The college has won the 2017 Victorian Schools Garden Awards’ Best Edible Garden category, despite the challenges of growing vegetables in a coastal environment.
The coastal college is involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, with students encouraged to “grow it, cook it, eat it” and the wider community invited to volunteer in the garden or help with fundraising initiatives.
Mr Humphries said the college’s win was an amazing achievement and the kitchen-garden project had been fantastic since its establishment four years ago.
“But it wouldn’t have happened without the hundreds of volunteers; there’s been a lot of people who have done a lot of work,” he said.
Mr Humphries said teachers David Nelson and Dav Rees had spent countless hours on the garden and Holly Munday and Nattie Murray had been vital in the kitchen, along with a host of community volunteers.
Students and staff received the college’s Best Edible Garden Award and $1000 prize at a Victorian Schools Garden Award presentation at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens on Thursday.
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