Completed October 2021
Leonora is located 830km North East of Perth, WA. Classified as ‘very remote’ the school has an ECSEA value of 733. Catering from kindergarten aged children, to year 12 the school has 111 students, 65% of which are Indigenous. 66% of the children speak indigenous dialect at home.
Leonora District High School won the Nation-wide Food Ladder School Competition and as such they have received the full Food Ladder system with solar panels for free.
Progress since completion
Since the greenhouse’s completion in October 2021, Leonora District High School have had 4 successfully harvests. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have held the primary responsibility for the greenhouse, its maintenance, harvesting and cooking of the produce. However, the whole school have enjoyed cooking with and eating their delicious produce.
The greenhouse, in tandem with Leonora’s outdoor garden and kitchen have resulted in an extremely successful kitchen garden program, educating the students on the entire paddock to plate process. The students have grown everything from lettuce, cabbage, herbs and leafy greens, to melons, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and even flowers for Mother’s Day.
At the end of each term the students have celebrated and reflected on their learning journeys, enjoying a barbecue of their produce.
We look forward to another successful term ahead for Leonora District High School.
You can watch the video of the completed greenhouse here
You can watch their competition video submission here
Food Ladder acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this greenhouse is built, the Wangkatha people and Shire of Leonora. We celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of Western Australia. 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.