Discussions began in 2008 between some parents and teachers about the possibility of a school vegetable garden and an orchard at Edendale. Through various contacts we had a Permaculture designer and teacher, Dan Palmer, come and visit the school in May and help us decide what to plant and where. Dan lives in Melbourne  (where he runs his own business Very Edible Gardens) so the local contact he gave us was Finn Macksey, who also teaches permaculture. Finn came to the school to assist us with planning irrigation and the placement of specific trees in the orchard. So with some expert help we were on our way.

We obtained the last round of funding through the Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) council initiative which enabled us to purchase all our first fruit trees, raised beds and a garden shed. Our orchard irrigation and many of the companion plants were donated by parents many of whom regularly help out in the gardens. We have working bees every few weeks when there’s anything much to be done.

You can follow our progress in pictures on the Photo Slideshow page, (which is erratic as to which day it feels like working unfortunately, I don’t know why as yet) or read more about it by looking through the blog posts.


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    Hi Karen,

    thank you for an inspiring tour of the Garden of Edendale this afternoon. Great work you guys are doing. We will try to get some more fruit trees to support your wonderful vision of healthy food for the kids by the end of August.

    Best wishes

    Judith Holtebrinck

    Your Mount Eden Village People

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