If your an avid farmers' market goer in Melbourne, you will no doubt have come across the gorgoeus Kitty who is the face behind B-Alternative's eco-awareness stalls. We caught up with Kitty and had a chat about her passion for sustainablity & her workplace. Managing an organic grocer last year, I was immersed in a community of responsible gardeners, food providers, naturopaths and permaculture enthusiasts, B-Alternative was a natural progression, considering my ever growing passion for all things planet positive!
The Victorian Schools Garden Award (VSGA) recognises, rewards and celebrates the gardening achievements of schools, their students and community in existing and newly established school gardens. It is run annually across both metropolitan and regional Victoria. Now in its 40th year, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have a long history of bringing gardening skills and … Continue reading VSGA – Victorian Schools Garden Awards Bonbeach Primary School 2017
Welcome to the Mushroom State of Origin. Nothing like a mushroom growing challenge to get kids excited about growing food! Join us and other schools around Australia for a mushroom growing challenge. Junction Park State School in QLD and Cudgee Valley Public School in NSW and Bonbeach Primary School in Vic all share the vision … Continue reading Mushroom Growing Challenge
We waited, waited and waited until the day came when we were told to write the garden program for grade 5/6 students under the science curriculum. Almost 4yrs of volunteering in the garden and we are now super excited to be joining the senior students in the garden 3 times a week. What a thrill for us! At first they thought 'yeh yeh garden this and that' after 5 mins of the first class, they now run out the door to get their workbooks and get stuck into it!
Glen Eira City Council puts on a great event every year and we were absolutely thrilled to join them in the sustainability tent. We took along lots of collect nature findings and a full kit ready to have a great day of nature play with the community. Kids immersed themselves in clay, compost and seeds … Continue reading PARTY IN THE PARK – GLEN EIRA CITY COUNCIL nature play
Last week we were honored to attend a pink ribbon brunch hosted by Sonya Kilkenny MP for breast cancer awareness month. We joined together as leaders of our community to raise Breast Cancer awareness. The brunch gave us insights into awareness as women shared their stories and thoughts about the dis-ease that affects more than … Continue reading Pink Ribbon brunch with Sonya Kilkenny
South east of Melbourne sits a little school in Bonbeach. The school holds a magical place where students, their families and the community can connect with nature. In 2013 the front of the school grounds were piled with rubble. A small patch of grass and 8 empty vegetable beds were all that sat on the flat grounds. It has taken 3 years for 2 very eager volunteering mums and a small army of students to transform the space into a permaculture based learning garden, filled with organic fruit orchard, native plantings, chicken coop, worm farm, mini food forest, frog bog, nature play areas and 25 vegetable beds – 6 of which are now community plots.
Growing kitchen scraps can seem a little daunting but it is much easier than you think. We first decided to grow celery after receiving a kitchen waste delivery from Greenhouse Juicery. They deliver all the excess pulp and vegetable scraps to the school for our worm farm, chooks and compost! Celery bases are always plentiful, … Continue reading Growing kitchen scraps
Creating seed bombs is such a fun experience for kids. Getting grubby and making a mess while learning about preserving nature for future generations to come. Growing Green Thumbs held a spring holiday workshop to get kids into nature and allow them to let go of their everyday and enjoy a morning of getting really … Continue reading Seed Bombs – connecting kids with nature
Such a great day for a kids gardening workshop! The sun was shining and everyone was excited to learn how to grow their own organic food. Families joined us for a fun filled morning of planting edible produce boxes to take home. They learnt how easily it is to grow their own vegetables & enjoy feasting … Continue reading D.I.Y Edible Garden For Kids Workshop