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Growing The Future: Pakenham Community School Farm and Food Project

A community model for disadvantaged youth engagement and work pathways.

Project details

Suggested by: Allison

Project partner: Sustain: The Australian Food Network

Budget

$199,900.00

This project seeks to enable the development of a Community Farm School initiative to provide structured vocational learning and employment pathways for school students. The project proposes to: - Develop the required infrastructure -Develop vocational pathways in horticulture, agriculture, food and building and construction -Build a community support network for the initiative across local farms, businesses and community members. -Activate the school and farm sites as spaces of community learning, skill building, celebration and connection through volunteering, workshops and events. - Develop resources for use by teachers, students and farmers across Victoria.

Communities across Cardinia Shire are experiencing a range of significant challenges directly linked with the local food system: experiencing rates of obesity 33% higher than the state average, with 95% of residents not consuming the recommended daily amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables despite living within one of Melbourne’s key ‘foodbowl’ areas. As an urban-rural interface council, the Shire is experiencing exponential population growth creating a demand for local employment and training opportunities that are currently not being met. Pakenham lies within one of these urban growth areas, where these pressures are playing out in the education and training options

Project details

Suggested by: Allison

Project partner: Sustain: The Australian Food Network

Budget

$199,900.00

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Josephine

14 Sep 2018

Look forward to seeing the students involved in this project . It will definitely do them good to be broadening their knowledge and being hands on . All the best with this wonderful suggestion for the school project.

Raewyn

13 Sep 2018

It will not only boost the students it also teaches them to eat better and give more thumbs up from me.

6ix9ine

13 Sep 2018

aight

6ix9ine

13 Sep 2018

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Vicki Jones

07 Sep 2018

This is an amazing initiative, and a great way for local farmers to provide land for young people to gain experience.

Susan's dog

06 Sep 2018

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06 Sep 2018

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Allen Mumbai

04 Sep 2018

Let's help these kids get jobs and not community corrections orders or jail

micki21

03 Sep 2018

Fantastic Idea, Great for all involved

Lorraine13

03 Sep 2018

Great idea for young and old.

jhgray@netspace.net.au

02 Sep 2018

Great Idea
Can involve all sections of the community by investing in youth education and potentially employment prospects for school leavers

Vanessab78

30 Aug 2018

Love this idea, not only for the students but for the wider community.

Susan's dog > Vanessab78

06 Sep 2018

Sure

Moist socks

28 Aug 2018

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

maxwellhp

27 Aug 2018

A great initiative.

khands

27 Aug 2018

Great Idea - Not just for the school and students, but for the wider community.
A community that has been a food bowl of Victoria for years and years - This project absolutely deserves the funding!!

Sandi Den

26 Aug 2018

This would be amazing. Our community needs this!

yeetskeet420

24 Aug 2018

I believe this would help this school very much

LyricalMiracle

24 Aug 2018

I approve of this

Mrs. B.

23 Aug 2018

Run by people with enthusiasm and a belief in their project and for the students. This one has my vote.

AJCOOK

22 Aug 2018

Its a great idea for the school and the kids and the community

Kazzalyn

22 Aug 2018

This would be a wonderful opportunity for both the community and students involved.

Nadinemostert

22 Aug 2018

I’d really like to get in touch and see how I can be involved if possible!

OliviaFlorence

21 Aug 2018

A fabulous initiative to engage our children in the process of farm to table in the context of sustainable communities.

amcp

21 Aug 2018

Engaging children to learn about food, nutrition, outdoor activity and they can see and taste or cook the results of their work. Important messages for healthy eating. Great idea.

Sonia

21 Aug 2018

It sounds like it will benefit the whole community by making students more engaged. Students learning life skills and engaging with the community as well. It will help rope in the disengaged kids and help them in their learning. It will help kids from 7 to 12.