Our MRPS Kitchen Garden is now officially part of the new Margaret River Organic Garden Trail. This exciting new initiative has been driven by local identities Sharyn Carroll and Shelley Cullen, who were inspired to share the Margaret River organic garden story after attending a garden tourism workshop led by international speaker Richard Bennfield in 2014. When approached by them, Geoff Mcleod welcomed their invitation to become part of the trail and set about designing signage and a write-up of our school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden journey, incorporating both the organic garden and the kitchen.
Margaret River Primary School’s kitchen garden is currently one of seven on the trail, which boasts organic gardens at: Cullen Wines, Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm, Tingrith, Margaret River Organic Garden, The Margaret River Community Centre and Margaret River Library.
Tourists to our region can access the trail using a map and information brochure from the Tourist Bureau and it is envisaged that the number of organic gardens on the trail will grow as the concept develops. Visitors are encouraged to view our kitchen garden from the footpath and they can read about our philosophy and journey in the brochure.
Mr Mcleod sees this as an extension of our involvement in the Edible Gardens program, which will be promoted by our kitchen garden journalists in their next “Breaking Garden News” post.
It is very exciting that the kitchen garden project is so dynamic and that it is constantly evolving to meet student needs and to respond to sustainability eco-initiatives from the wider community .
Posted, written and photos by D. Veary