Exciting, engaging and fun food education–children and teenagers work together to learn valuable life skills in our Kitchen-Garden.
The Kitchen-Garden celebrated its official opening in March 2013. Students are involved in every aspect of planting in the garden together with parent and grandparent volunteers: from mulching and fertilising the garden beds, to planting seedlings, making organic pesticide and finally harvesting the crops to use in cooking classes in the new student-kitchen.
The Planting Garden is eco-friendly: recycled water is used for irrigation; a frog bog provides a habitat for local frogs; school fruit and vegetables scraps are utilised to make compost and feed the worms and chooks; the worm farm assists in providing natural fertiliser for the vegetable beds; and the chickens supply eggs for the student kitchen.
Sustainability actions initiated by our students include growing Bidgee-widgee plants to take to Healesville Sanctuary to help feed the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot (there are only about 50 left in the world); Nude Food Thursdays to eliminate the need for portion packing and wrapping; and Bialik’s Indigenous Garden helps prevent soil damage and provide a habitat for local species.
2015 Gold Winners!
Our phenomenal, award-winning Kitchen Garden has scooped up more accolades at the 2015 Boroondara Sustainability Awards. Once again, Bialik achieved a Gold Award – this time for our project “Bialik Tree Day – Indigenous Garden”. We also received a Commendation for the project “Bialik Sustainable September”. Well done to the students, staff and volunteers who all help to make our garden thrive
Volunteer in the STUDENT KITCHEN or PLANTING GARDEN:
Help students in these fun and exciting lessons, while also gaining some valuable cooking and/or gardening tips. Log on here for more information and to choose a time that suits you or contact Julie Hart on 8823 5204.
The Bialik Kitchen Garden Project also won GOLD in the 2012 Boroondara Sustainability Awards,
The Boroondara Sustainability Awards aim to recognise the work that local schools are undertaking to embed environmental sustainability within school operations and the curriculum, encourage student critical thinking around sustainability issues and inspire ongoing sustainability and environmental initiatives in local schools.
More information on the Bialik Kitchen Garden Project including recipes that have been tested by the students, can be found on the Bialik Kitchen-Garden blog