Yandeyarra has a long history of growing fruit and vegetables, and there are many stories of citrus trees, pumpkins and even chickens! However the white ants, heavy calcium and poor soil had claimed the last crops, and nothing had been growing for many years.
In 2010 we started our kitchen garden, thanks to the kind donation of a planter from Kelly Howlett (Care for Hedland), following our involvement in Cash for Trash. We added lots of soil and hard work and it wasn’t too long before we started seeing the rewards!
Depending on the season, we grew have a great garden with different varieties of fruit and vegetables including tomatoes, beans, zucchini, pumpkins, broccoli, watermelon, rockmelon, carrots, capsicum, beetroot, several basil varieties, parsley, chives, chillies, corriander, silverbeet, kale and lettuce.
Thanks to the hard work of our gardening team, we can use the produce to support our whole school nutrition program. The fresh produce, particularly the melons, tomatoes and lettuce are used for recess and to make fresh sandwiches for student lunches.
Much of the produce is used for the ingredients for practical cooking and nutrition classes, for both students and community members.
In 2011 we made a scarecrow to scare off any pesky crows, cockatoos and other unwanted visitors! Our Hi-Vis Scarecrow outfit was modelled of the Pilbara mining workers. He was the winner of the Cancer Council’s ‘Best Scarecrow’ competition!
In 2015 the EON Foundation started in Yandeyarra. We restarted and remodelled our existing school kitchen, guided by the expertise and expereince EON bring.
The EON Thriving Communities project is a 5 year edible garden project producing healthy fruit and vegetables, with the aim for the garden to be self-sustainable.
Our school recieves fortnightly visits from the EON Project Manager, who provides advice and support for the garden and runs classroom sessions and activities.
These class sessions involve garden planning, preparation, planting, harvesting, maintenance and of course, cooking!
During 2016, EON has supported parents and community members to develop home kitchen gardens. There is a keen interest in gardening, particularly chillies!
We can grow some huge vegetables!
These are some of our biggest – Garden Hall of Fame