Wellington Public School, Wellington, NSW – Implemented in the first quarter of 2022 in a small community about 5hrs North-West of Sydney. Wellington Public School caters for students from prep to year 6, with a pre-established Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program running for the last decade. Wellington is one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged post codes in NSW, with a hot and dry environment, where the hydroponic greenhouse will allow for year round food production. Wellington Public School has over 500 students, 61% of which are Indigenous Australians. With their motto of ‘Grow, Harvest, Prepare and Share’, the Year 6 students are preparing a business plan to supply the canteen and community with fresh produce.
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.
Food Ladder acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this greenhouse is built, the Gunaikurnai peoples in the Wellington Shire. 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.