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Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? With herbs and trees, a hive full of bees and pretty chooks all in a row. Well maybe not pretty chooks, but certainly chooks ready to lay eggs for school students as part of the Eco Schools Program. Schools in Canowindra and Murwillumbah have already adopted the green thumb approach.

A variety of schools across the state will be installing their own environmental learning initiatives with the Eco Schools Program grants. The grants aim to harvest an environmental awareness by adopting a ‘patch to plate’ approach. 

Students at Canowindra Public School will be able to build their own outdoor learning area and garden. Students have already designed the area, which will consist of a chook pen and garden beds of herbs and native plants. In a patch elsewhere, Murwillumbah High School students plan to build their own fruit, vegetable and herb garden to reap rewards for cooking.

Other schools received funding for projects related to water and storm water management, waste avoidance and recycling, renewable energy, and to learn more about native foods. 

For a full list of recipients visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-eco-schools.htm

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