The St Francis Garden Opening Ceremony

On Monday 30th June we officially opened and dedicated the vegetable and herb garden at Cabra, naming it the St Francis Garden.

St Francis reminds us that all life on this planet is interdependent and connected. His life exemplified the Gospel teachings of compassion and love for all of God’s creation – not just humans, but compassion for animals and plants too. We are reminded that God created all things, and so we have a duty to care for, respect, nurture, show compassion for and protect the animals and plants in our care but not doing them harm, but allowing them to live in peace¬†with us.

Thank you especially to the students and teachers who were involved in the preparation and running of the opening ceremony. Here are some photos from the day:

The banner created by Year 12 RE students, unveiled at the Opening Ceremony.

The banner created by Year 12 RE students, unveiled at the Opening Ceremony.

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Students planting a new dwarf orange in the garden to celebrate the official opening and dedication.

Students planting a new dwarf orange in the garden to celebrate the official opening and dedication.

Sr Bernadette Kiley cutting the ribbon to open the garden

Sr Bernadette Kiley cutting the ribbon to open the garden

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Expanding the garden

Wednesday after school some student helpers from Year 10 PLP did all the hard work in expanding our garden.

We had some soil leftover from our donations last term. We filled some pots with rich soil for a Year 8 class Home Economics class that will be planting some kitchen herbs for use in the kitchens. Then we moved our last 2 half wine barrels into the garden space and filled them with soil, ready for some more dwarf fruit trees.

Soon we’ll be harvesting as the rocket is taking over!

Beetroot

Beetroot

 

Grrr... a caterpillar found our cauliflowers and cabbages.

Grrr… a caterpillar found our cauliflowers and cabbages.

First produce - peas. Try a pod while their fresh!

First produce – peas. Try a pod while their fresh!

Herb explosion - lots of mint and rocket taking over.

Herb explosion – lots of mint and rocket taking over.

The garden, with two extra half wine barrels and some succulents at the back too.

The garden, with two extra half wine barrels and some succulents at the back too.

Year 7 Art students get a tour of the garden

Year 7 Art students with Ms Mahoney had a tour of the veggie garden with Mr Bull to learn about sustainable food production, organic gardening, food miles and get some inspiration for their latest clay tile art project. Here are some photos from the tour.

Herbs flourishing in the beds

Herbs flourishing in the beds

Year 7 Art students with Mr Bull pointing out some of the spring onion, rocket and cabbages growing

Year 7 Art students with Mr Bull pointing out some of the spring onion, rocket and cabbages growing

Lettuce and beetroot growing well.

Lettuce and beetroot growing well.