Grafton High’s green thumbs given a hand
GRAFTON High School's gardens have received an upgrade thanks to the Bunnings Warehouse community support program.
Wendy Green, a teacher at the school, is thrilled with the improvements, which consist of 10 new garden beds, a composting area and worm farms.
"We've had this garden for around six years, we use it to teach the students about agriculture and we've been developing it slowly on our own," she said.
"But the help Bunnings gave us is incredible."
The garden isn't just for teaching students how to grow fresh fruit and vegies.
"We use what we harvest to produce jams, pickles, butters and sauces in our 'relish this' program," she said.
"Our sweet chilli sauce is a particular favourite."
Not stopping there, the kids then go on to make a little profit for the school, as students Tyeanna Ellis and Madeline McKenzie were eager to explain.
"We put the things we harvest in a basket, go to the staff rooms and sell them to the teachers," they said, "but not the class rooms, we can't interrupt class."
"It's good we have a new garden, we can grow a lot more now."
The community support program, headed by the Bunnings activity organiser Toni Kearney, has been helping with various events since the hardware store opened in 2006.
"We get approached by community groups and we have a huge budget so we try to help out as much as we can," she said.
"We do things like native tree planting and paint your community day."
"We do this sort of thing because we live here too, you know?"