Earlier this term, year 6 TLS students met with Mr & Mrs King from 1918 Bistro & Grill among the ripening tomatoes of the veggie garden at TLS to plan for this year’s supply of weekend greens to the Tanunda restaurant.
“Everything fresh on the menu is from within twenty-five miles of the restaurant,” explained Mrs King to the students.
Last year caring for the garden was a strong team of students with job titles including: propagation specialists, researchers and developers, public relations officers, insect pest controllers, vegetable crop labourers, scientists and accountants.
This year the young entrepreneurs will plant, care for and harvest Cavolo Nero, Baby Carrots/Carrots, Spring Onions, Beetroots and Herbs including Thyme, Chervil and Italian Parsley to sell to the restaurant, who happily rekindled the idea with Year 6/7 Teacher Mrs Timms.
The exercise is a part of a Business & Economics lesson for the students who have, as a part of the process, selected specific jobs that they we want to do for their ‘vegetable business’ and identifying what skills they had that would help them to complete their jobs. It also aligns closely with TLS’ SOLE (Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environments) initiative.
Tasks will include: deciding where to put different vegetables with consideration given to soil type, sun light and space; mixing natural manure to create nutrient rich soil; planting seedlings and regularly watering them toward their maturity ready for sale.
Aside from an understanding of where produce comes from and an appreciation for the business skills required in order to benefit from the ‘fruits of their labour’, fostering a life-long love of gardening and nature is a big plus!
Pictured: Lily Holmes, Hannah Pullan, Sid King, Tanya King, Jasper Wellesley-Davies, Aiden Burns, Emily Stutley, Vanessa Trinkle, Zavier Dswonitzky, Mrs Naomi Timms, Jack Fechner, Rajan Kurtz-Kaeding, Alex Lerhmann, Dayna Mifflin, Bailey Schwartz, Jackson Amery, Kennedy Mifflin, Ned McAlister, Hamish Reimers, Layla Grosser, Jack Farley, Erin Pratt, Isaac Timms, Ethan Nietschke and Ben Ashmore.
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