Newling Public School, NSW

Completed and Operational

Newling Public School, Armidale, NSW – Implemented in the first quarter of 2022 in a regional community about 6hrs North of Sydney. Wilmot Public School caters for students from Kindergarten to year 6, with 135 students, 67% of which are Indigenous Australians. This project saw the students taking an active role in all areas of construction of the greenhouse and hydroponic growing system. The greenhouse is supported by their pre-existing cooking classes, Breakfast Club – offering free healthy breakfasts – chicken coops and a new outdoor kitchen under construction. The Greenhouse and a cooking program will be a class elective option going forward in addition to weekly visits with each year group. 
The Food Ladder School Greenhouse System creates early employment pathways for students as well as educating students about food production, healthy eating, and social enterprise, engraining healthy eating habits in Primary School. This is extremely important for Newling Public School as only 36% of parents were in gainful employment in the last two years, only 3% completing education past Year 10, reinforcing the intergenerational welfare cycle existing in Armidale. 
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Food Ladder acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this greenhouse is built, the Anaiwan and Kamilaroi peoples. We celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of New South Wales.  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.