School veggie patch upgrade wins garden competition in Melbourne’s east

The upgrade of the vegetable garden at Livingstone Primary School in Melbourne’s east has won $5,000 from the Back to Earth Initiative eastern garden competition.

The prize money will be used to significantly reduce the amount of food waste the school sends to landfill by increasing its capacity to compost food waste from one year level to the whole school.

The project will see extra compost bins for classrooms, compost tumblers for the garden and a chicken coop to recycle food waste from nearly 800 students – returning the waste back to earth to help their vegetables grow.

The school will use the garden to teach students about gardening, sustainability and caring for chickens. The garden will help deepen relationships with parents, families, local businesses and Blue Cross Aged Care located nearby – which the school hopes will help spread the message about food waste.

Livingstone's Veggie Garden Extension was voted the winner out of 58 nominated projects.

Five runners up will receive $1,000 to help their project bloom:

The Back to Earth Initiative - developed by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group - runs in partnership with 24 metropolitan Melbourne councils and four regional Victorian councils to effectively support green waste recycling.

It shows us that what we put in our green waste bins can be turned into useful compost that helps gardens and farms bloom. Find out what can go in your green waste bin.

Find out about green waste services in your council.

Photo (left to right): Rob Millard (CEO, MWRRG), Cr Bill Bennett (Mayor, City of Whitehorse), Emily, Vivaan (Livingstone Primary School), Cr Tom Melican (Board Member, MWRRG), Caleb Webb, Kerri Seedsman (Livingstone Primary School) Sarah Bond (Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning Coordinator).


Last updated: 20/05/2020