Completed October 2020
Kintore Street School O’Shae Campus in Katherine was implemented in the second half of 2020. The Kintore Street greenhouse was the first of Food Ladder Systems 20m2 customised school greenhouse systems.
Kintore Street School has 58 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, where 90 per cent of the students have an Indigenous background and 53 per cent have a language background other than English. Additionally, Kintore Street School caters for Katherine’s special needs students
The greenhouse at the Senior Campus had an immediate impact with students taking part in the construction of the greenhouse and the internal hydroponic growing system.
Progress since completion
Within 6 weeks of the system being commissioned, the students were harvesting basil that they then made into a Basil and Macadamia Pesto as part of a classroom social enterprise. The fresh herbs were also a hit when making wood fired pizzas in an oven also made as part of class projects. The greenhouse system has given the students a real life learning experience that will continue to benefit students for years to come.
Since the greenhouse’s completion in 2020, Kintore Street School have had 7 successful harvests. The Year 10 to Year 12 special needs students have taken on the primary responsibility for the greenhouse, its maintenance, harvesting and cooking of the produce, with weekly class visits. The students favourite activity have been harvesting their produce of lettuce, choy and basil.
The greenhouse, in tandem with Kintore Street’s pre-existing kitchen garden program and outdoor garden, have been extremely successful in educating the students on the entire paddock to plate process.
Each term the harvested produce is eaten by students and used in their cooking classes. Additionally, the students have continued to produce and sell their Basil Macadamia to staff and parents
We look forward to another successful term ahead for Kintore Street School.
Food Ladder acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this greenhouse is built, the Jawoyn, Warlpiri, Dagoman, and Wardaman Aboriginal peoples. We celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of Katherine. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that contributed to the development of this resource.