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$3500 grant helps turn St Mary’s Primary School playground into edible gardens

cvi   Students at St Mary’s Primary School in Grafton will have the opportunity to become food producers right in their playground thanks to a $3,500 Eco Schools grant from the NSW Government. Visiting the school last Wednesday to congratulate the students on their successful NSW Environment Trust application, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said the School aims to convert its traditional playground into a Learnscape. “The first stage of the project is the development of edible food gardens, including vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and bush tucker from the Clarence Valley. “These gardens will provide practical learning opportunities for students across all areas of the curriculum and cater for various learning and teaching styles. “In particular it will teach students about sustainable gardening practices and provide healthy fresh produce for use in class cooking activities, in the school canteen and in the students’ pop up market stall called ‘Dig for Plenty’.