Welcome to School Harvest and thank you for visiting our  site.

We set it up  to record and share the unfolding story of our slightly “different”  school gardening  project;  to encourage other school gardeners,  and   also to  brag a little.

 Most of all, we set it up  to stimulate ongoing conversation between all who are passionate  about gardening in general, and school gardening specifically. We set it up to swap ideas about what works and what doesn’t;  and to support one another in the  daunting task of reconnecting  a  generation of young kids,  so brilliant and so capable of navigating  most  complex electronic realities, back to grass roots.  Back to  where food grows in dirt, compost fragrantly matures , creepy crawly pests lurk in cabbage and lettuces   and  strawberries  look,  smell and  taste like bits of  heaven.

We invite you to share your thoughts and experience on the subject and look forward to your contributions to School Harvest . Don’t be shy,  we’re all together in this and every little bit  counts –  after all we’re investing  in the  adults of tomorrow.

 March 2012


We started very simply:   a bare fenced off paddock with a tap, a handful of well used garden  tools and  a healthy dose of determination. Objective: to turn our rather desolate looking plot into a  vibrant, abundant and fertile veggie garden.

We made a start by digging up the first bit of soil. Luckily it has rained a few days prior, and the ground was  pretty workable. Year 7 students helped during the week and our Bhutanese friends  Chakra, Purna and Sukmaya on weekends. The work was hard and progress slow but two little miracles gave us wings:

Our supporters from Howlong Nurseries  donated some seedlings which we promptly planted out in the  first new  beds.  It rained again,  the seedlings  thrived and suddenly our  plot started looking fresh and  perky;


Annie and Phillip Randell, dear  friends of my family  (and parents of our former  teacher Tim Randell),  lent us a rotary hoe TO USE AS LONG AS WE NEED IT!!  No more back -breaking digging with a spade or mattock !! Chakra became a bit unstoppable with it  for a while.

My name is Helena Foster, I'm the slightly nervous author of the School Harvest blog site, nervous because I'm learning the fine art of blogging pretty much as I go. I'm driven by the fact that what we do is so exciting and so important, it needs to be shared. Formerly a garden specialist at WWPS Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, I now conduct an intensive community garden program at Wodonga Middle Years College. I work with student volunteers 11 to 15 years old in order to teach them organic gardening skills which will hopefully enable them to make better lifestyle choices for themselves and their community in the future. I am thrilled to be part of the movement where schools take on the task of educating young generations about this most basic of prerequisites towards sustainable, food secure future.

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  1. Dr Alison Mitchell says:

    Wow! This is absolutely fantastic, Helena! Congratulations to you and all the students, parents and community members involved. As an educator for sustainability, I fully understand the importance and impact of projects such as this. I look forward to watching the progress of this project and participating where possible. Very exciting!

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