Once Upon a Thyme in Year 7...
This year’s Year 7 has been the first cohort to engage in a new unit in the new Australian Curriculum called Agriculture and Food. For the last 16 weeks, the girls have been looking at agriculture in Australia, focusing on food conservation, growing for sustainability and the connection between Indigenous food and weather systems.
A highlight of the unit has been the hands-on component of creating a vertical garden. The girls collected plastic bottles, which have been recycled to create mini greenhouses. The system is entirely self-sufficient, with water being pumped to the top where it flows through and the excess is collected at the bottom only to be recycled back up at regular intervals.
The plants have been growing for about 10 weeks. After lunch today, the girls, armed with scissors and small pots, worked their way through the garden excitedly harvesting their crops in preparation for an afternoon of cooking pesto, hommus, herb and garlic bread, salsa, and a very special drink made with mint and the lemonade fruit. The resulting feast will be the culmination of this unit, which has been very enthusiastically received.
I’ve never grown stuff before and it’s been so good to see our plants grow over many weeks and now we get to cook with them, so we’re also learning how to cook! Kate
It was really fun to grow things and watch the whole growth process. Liv
I like how we get to get the chance to have our own plants and learn how to grow them, and you can eat them along the way, which is nice. Nicola
I really liked exploring all the different plants and learning how to grow them in their own environments and cooking will be really fun! Charlotte
I like how we learn how to do gardening and grow things that we can use in cooking. Isabelle