Neil van Herk - Sustainability Coordinator

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, the summer vegetables are starting to fade. Now is the perfect time to get out in the garden and get it prepared for the winter planting. You don't need a lot of space either, potatoes can be grown in a bag, click on the video link below to see how:

Spring onions can be grown in a pot. On Thursday lunchtime, The Environment Club students are making their preparations to plant out their winter crop. We all love our potatoes and this is the perfect time of the year to plant them. Selected for this season are the Kipfler, Royal Blue, Ruby Lou and sweet potato. As well as the beloved potato, the students will be planting their winter greens including silverbeet, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, as well as onions, leeks and garlic. It is a wonderful experience for all people, young and old, to grow, pick, cook, eat and recycle their own food, it connects people to the Earth and builds a desire to care for and nurture the wonders of Creation.

"Nurturing and cherishing creation is a command God gives not only at the beginning of history, but to each of us. It is part of his plan; it means causing the world to grow responsibly, transforming it so that it may be a garden, a habitable place for everyone."
(Pope Francis, 6/5/13, Environment)

Green tip: Next time you are shopping have a look at the country of origin of the food in the supermarket. Buying locally produced, in-season produce adds freshness, supports Australian farmers and reduces carbon dioxide emissions at every stage of food life cycles.