The urban poor do not learn about farming or sustainability, and even then, rarely have land on which they can produce their own food. As such, REACH is eager to introduce the idea of organic, home-grown vegetables to the students and families.
The REACH garden was once an overgrown piece of land at the back of the REACH site, hidden behind buildings. It is now home to a variety of organic herbs and vegetables which have been grown with love by our kitchen team. Adolescents from our Youth Pathways program volunteer to support our small team to sow, nurture and harvest the veggies each week.
Within our Health and Nutrition program, students have their BMI (Body Mass Index) recorded every 6 months. To combat malnutrition, the students with the lowest BMI receive additional produce from our garden to take home and increase their nutritional intake. The garden is successfully growing eggplant, chilli, morning glory, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, bok-choy, and various herbs. This is reviewed seasonally to maximise our harvest.
To get the most out of our garden, we are also planning to turn it into an educational space where our younger students will participate in elective sessions. In these sessions they will learn about growing different vegetables and the health benefits they provide. The formal course is still being developed, however what has been created so far is equally educational as it is interactive and hands on!
SUPPORT OUR GARDEN PROGRAM
Click here to join our Running Costs Club to keep our water running so our garden can blossom. With as little as AUD$20 per month, you can help REACH cover the basics to ensure the survival of this program.
While REACH kids and youths are kept healthy at school, our Outreach Program has been set up to support the needs of their guardians as well.
We believe that extending our services to guardians is crucial to families breaking the poverty cycle; click here to learn more.