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Garden project gets local boost

Biboohra State School will get the chance to add to their growing garden after The Hungry Pug donated $500 to their program. Pictured is Biboorah State School Year 5-6 teacher Eleanor Silver with School Captains Aisha Bajramovic Alicia Holloway and Principal David King.

Biboohra State School will get to add to their growing vegetable garden project after The Hungry Pug Café owners Simon and Victoria Crosby donated $500 worth of vouchers.

The school two sets of vouchers valued at $250 dollars to local hardware stores and gardens centers for their new native plant orchard.

The vouchers will be used to purchase equipment and seedlings for a new native plant orchard which was the brainchild of chef turned teacher, Eleanor Silver.

The idea was born to give the students a unique experience by using the native plants and their produce for education both inside and outside the classroom.

“A lot of kids don’t know too much about native fruits and for me it’s important that we acknowledge that and educate the students,” she said.

“I want to be able to use and utilize both gardens to the best of my abilities both as a chef and as a teacher.

“It would be nice to be able to utilize native fruits for the students cooking so they have a better understanding of the produce.”

The vegetable garden has been a working cog within the Biboohra State School system and have even been implemented into their curriculum.

Biboohra State School Principal David King was blown away by the generosity shown and the opportunities and relationships that builds.

“They (The Hungry Pug Café) were really interested in what we are doing with the vegetable garden and wanted to help,” he said.

“The students have a very active part in the garden as they learn to grow and cook the produce in the garden.

“Your skin just tingles when someone rings you up and they’re local and they want to support you because they have heard about what you’re doing.”

Victoria, The Hungry Pug Café Co-owner was more than happy to use some of their excess funds to support a local school and advocate for their students learning.

“We are really passionate about our local kids learning how to grow their own food, getting their hands dirty and actually being kids,” she said.

“There have been so many times where I’ve been at Coles and kids will ask me while scanning something, what is this?

“It’s important to educate the next generation and for them to know that their produce comes from a farmer and doesn’t just appear on the shelf.”

The new native orchard is planned to be started by the end of the school next term in September with more improvements and additions to be added later in the year.

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