Issue 7
Monday, 02 September 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Proud gardeners Kristy Byrne and Monique Huddy with their prize-winning Darwin Show entry
Proud gardeners Kristy Byrne and Monique Huddy with their prize-winning Darwin Show entry

Pushing a barrow for good gardening, teamwork

A collaboration between VET Horticulture and Palmerston Senior College, Henbury School and Mackillop Catholic College Year 10 special education students delivered a prize-winning haul at the Darwin Show.

Under the tutelage of Horticulture lecturer John Grant, three teams of students – who are engaged in the Certificate I Agrifoods course – claimed first, second and third prizes for their wheelbarrow gardens.

“Design and planting of the wheelbarrow gardens was all done by the students . . . we provide some tips on fertilisation, weeding and general maintenance,” Mr Grant said.

“The Agrifoods course is an introduction to horticulture, safety and teamwork, and the energy and effort these young people bring to the time they spend with us on Casuarina campus and the Darwin Botanical Gardens allows us to have a lot of fun while learning some important life skills.”

Palmerston Senior College support worker Emma Dewsbury said once the students moved to Year 11, they would care for the college vegetable garden.