Building Bayswater Primary’s Garden

February 19, 2015

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Interchange Outer East’s adult options service has been running a farm intensive program for a number of years now. Participants live in on a horse farm in Lurg where, as well as learning independent living skills and experiencing what it is like to live away from home, they learn a variety of farm and outdoor work skills.

For the last 12 months the Farm Intensive group have building a wonderful relationship with the Bayswater Primary School, where they have been impressing everyone with their skills, many of which they have learned and practised during their farm stays.

The school had plans for building what they hope will become a community garden and enlisted the help of the young adults from IOE. What started out as a simple gardening program has blossomed as our group has shown what they are capable of. We confidently built a garden bed before being asked to build a brick path. As we did such a good job and everyone was so impressed with our handy work, we were naturally the first choice to build the school’s exciting new chook shed. We were even invited as the guests of honour at the whole school assembly.

Rob Woodham, Lee Courtman, Morgan Checkly and Josh Carroll have worked tremendously together, surprising not only the school community but also their own families, with what they have achieved.

We can’t wait to get back to work in 2015 to finish the shed ready for the arrival of the Bayswater Primary’s new chooks. Well done!

By Daniel Noy

the chook shed

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