Margaret River Primary School's Kitchen Garden Open Day and Clearance Sale is on again this Friday December 13 from 9am to 12 noon.
Last year's event was a huge success for the school, attracting a large number of community members and many items selling out in record time.
"We teach our students about the amount of energy - in time, distance and money - that it takes for produce to come from other sources to reach our supermarkets here in Margaret River," said garden specialist Terri Sharpe.
"We then compare those statistics with produce grown in our garden, much of it in surplus and harvested the same morning as our Kitchen Garden Open Day event."
Students will arrive early on Friday to harvest produce, set up tables and marquees, lay out sale items, and man the stalls.
"The entire event is run by our year five students, who hone their skills and knowledge beforehand. It's a great opportunity for them to use Maths, Science, and English in real life, with the meaning and value of those skills immediately recognised by students," said Terri.
Student and staff hand-made items will also be up for grabs, including a range of rock art bugs, kokedamas, plant identification garden tiles, beeswax wraps, native bee hotels, and jams.
"We are incredibly proud of the Kitchen Garden Program and this open day offers the public an opportunity to see just how hard our students work, and how creative they are. All members of the community are welcome - please remember it's cash only and to bring a bag," said Terri.
This year also represents the ten year anniversary of the garden, making the event even more special.
As founding member, coordinator Geoff McLeod has seen the program grow and develop, and is still actively involved today.
"We feel very privileged to have been able to offer such a wonderful program to our students for over ten years. It took a community to get us started and we thank all those hard working volunteers and supporters who invested time and resources throughout our journey.
"Thousands of students have passed through our program which is a hands-on, practical approach to healthy growing and cooking practices. Grow, harvest, prepare and share is the SAKGF motto, firmly embraced by our school program.
"You will be amazed by the fantastic efforts made by our participating staff and students and especially our talented Kitchen Garden specialists, Sarah Goodwin and Terri Sharpe. Please pay us a visit and support our wonderful program," he said.
The event is held at the garden and adjacent grassed area on Forrest Road, with ample parking available in the vacant block opposite the garden.
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