Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Growing a Love of Healthy, Fresh Food; Sandy Scheltema Has Been Recognised as One of Australia's Leading Female Photojournalists and Has Been Visiting Minnie Water and Wooli during the Winter Months for the Past Five Years with Her Twin Boys Ari and Manu

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Growing a Love of Healthy, Fresh Food; Sandy Scheltema Has Been Recognised as One of Australia's Leading Female Photojournalists and Has Been Visiting Minnie Water and Wooli during the Winter Months for the Past Five Years with Her Twin Boys Ari and Manu

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History of The Garden

In 2001 Wooli resident Nick Cranmer approached Wooli Public School to see if they would like to begin a Dunecare project.

The principal, Heather Wright, said yes straight away and when funding for the project arrived, it was shared with the garden.

An organic aNo Diga garden, based on permaculture, was established and maintained by the school and Mr Cranmer (voluntarily) ever since.

Layer upon layer each year, seaweed mulch and compost are combined to replenish the soil and the result is a bounty the envy of the seaside village. Indeed the school has created a seed bank for the village.

The school has composted just about everything available, including cardboard and newspaper, over 12 years.

Aside from the clear educational rewards, the kids get to cook and eat the produce at Tummy Warmers once a week.

The garden is being held up as a model for school gardening across the North Coast and even children's TV star dirtgirl could see the talent from Whiporie, thanks to an article in DEX.

Kids at the school became international TV stars as Green Thumbs in the 52-episode series.

aLittle kids can grow as well as adults can,a said garden maestro Nick Cranmar. aThe garden speaks for itself and what we do, if it doesn't speak for what we do then we have failed a sustainability, collecting rainwater and composting ... (it's a) win-win situation on a lot of levels.a

Information provided by Wooli PS relieving principal Kim Hummelstad

Sandy, who has had her works printed in publications across the globe, including the New York Times, The Age, Der Spiegal and Time Magazine, took the opportunity to capture the magic of the elaborate vegetable gardens at Wooli Public School while her boys took part in the school's transition program this week. …

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