THE 24 Carrot Garden at Windermere Primary School in Claremont has been a wonderful example of the kitchen garden ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, creating a vibrant and positive food culture at the school.
Established by MONA’s Kirsha Kaechele, the 24 Carrot Gardens initiative engages and inspires students by linking garden produce with cooking.
“The garden is a great space for students of all ages,” Windermere Primary School acting AST Matthew Rice said.
“It is an important engagement tool and it is great to see some of our students utilise the space regularly to develop a sense of pride at what they have been able to do.”
With MONA’s proximity to Windermere Primary School only being a short distance away, the school was a logical choice to start the program, which now involves 15 Tasmanian schools.
“We are very lucky to have had such wonderful support from the MONA team over a long period of time, but volunteers and resources are always an issue,” Mr Rice said.
“With the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 this year, it has meant that the program has not been able to run the way we envisaged, but we are really looking forward to again welcoming our students’ families and friends into the garden and kitchen soon.
“Our students are extremely lucky to have such a great space in which to learn but also play and interact.”
Local member for Clark Elise Archer said the program had expanded a long way since it started.
“I was fortunate to see the beginning of this remarkable project and it’s wonderful to see how much it has expanded with more garden beds, and it now has an impressive architectural greenhouse,” she said.
“The garden is a rich resource for outdoor learning and offers students the opportunity to become engaged with the community through food.
“Children learn to grow, cook and eat healthy produce.”
“Matt was able to explain how the school plans to get things going again after a period of inactivity due to COVID-19.”