Seeking a more sustainable future on World Food Day


​Starting the journey to food sustainability in St Finbarr's School garden

FOOD glorious food!"

We're all familiar with the words from the musical Oliver! 

But, as the story goes, not everybody has enough to eat, and this is still the case today for many people throughout the world. 

Launched in 1945, World Food Day (October 16) celebrates all that is edible, from Apples to Zucchini, Pizza to Pasta, and every delicious and nutritious (and not so nutritious) food in between. 

This year's theme: 'Our Actions are our Future' is a chance to look at more sustainable food production so we create a better environment and better life for all. 

The green thumbs at St Finbarr's School, Ashgrove, understand that the future is in their hands.  

Under the guidance of teacher Yvonne Enter, the school established a veggie garden in 2009 to ensure students engaged with sustainability and Pope Francis' call to care for creation. 

The student's plant, nurture and harvest their own organic fruit and vegetables.  

The gardening experience, which begins in Prep, is seen as a practical environment for students to learn valuable lessons in nutrition for soil, plants and people while taking part in healthy outdoor activities.

They also discover how the plants and their flowers have an effect on the wider eco-system.  

St Finbarr's Principal Ann Hall said while students were learning about the practicalities of growing their own food it was also an opportunity to raise awareness around the issues of poverty, world hunger and food security.

Ms Hall said the students learn that not everybody has the opportunity to have their own garden to grow food. 

She said they also learn about the use of pesticides and the effect they have on the bees, insects, animals, and fish. 

Ms Hall said the students and teachers loved being in the garden. 

“They plant and nurture the veggies, watch them grow and get to take the fruits of their labour home to enjoy with their family," Ms Hall said. 

“It's a lot of fun for the students and they enjoy working together and getting their hands dirty," she said. 

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