Kitchen Garden Project to Support Recovery from Drought, Bushfire and COVID
We are a small rural remote school with a current enrolment of 92 students who mostly come from lower socio economic and farming backgrounds. The community has experienced severe adversity with economic decline due to phasing out of the timber industry, over 4 years of continuing drought and the impacts of the November to March devastating bushfires and then COVID. Students and staff have been traumatised through the fear, anxiety and fatigue from the bushfires and COVID on top of this. Students and staff are worn down with no holiday breat since spring last year. The school would like to develop a kitchen garden program with cooking as a therapy to assist students and staff to recovery from the anxiety and trauma. It is seeking to convert a classroom into a class kitchen garden facility with stoves, sinks, food preparation and storage. The estimated cost is $50000 to $70000. The school does not have the finances to fund this program.