The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) were thrilled to join staff and students from Gembrook Primary School to launch a bush foods trial on the school grounds.
Gembrook Primary School have developed a Community Partnership Program (CPP) which is made up of local and regional organisations, including the PPWCMA. The aim of the CPP is to support student learning programs by providing opportunities for students to access specialised expertise and resources beyond the mainstream school environment.
As part of the first phase of the CPP, the PPWCMA joined with the Yarra Ranges Landcare Network and the Cardinia Hills Ragwort & Landcare Group to launch a bush foods demonstration and trial site on the school grounds.
Students were given the opportunity to plant a range of bush foods on the school grounds, under the guidance of staff from the PPWCMA and volunteers from the local Landcare groups.
Federal Member for La Trobe, Jason Wood MP, also attended the launch and said, “It is great to see the students getting involved in such a hands-on project. Not only do they have the opportunity to learn about native bush foods and their uses, but they also are taught how to care for different species of plants.
“I look forward to seeing the trial site grow and to see the fruits of their labour”, he said.
The PPWCMA’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Karen Thomas said, “This new bush foods trial will expand on the great work that Gembrook Primary School already do and will give students the opportunity to learn from Landcare volunteers, as well as learn more about the benefits of bush foods”.
The work of the PPWCMA’s Regional Landcare Facilitator is supported by the Federal Government’s National Landcare Programme. For more information on the National Landcare Programme, visit www.nrm.gov.au.