australia: catholic regional college
Catholic Regional College (C.R.C), St. Albans is a year 7-10 co-educational Catholic secondary school in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. We have a school population of 499 students and more than 50 staff members that form a rich tapestry representing 47 different cultures and ethnic groups.
ZEA funded 3 x Hungry Bins (flow through worm farms) plus 6,000 worms meaning CRC can now focus on being able to compost their organic waste and return it to the soil, re-enforcing their commitment to provide more fresh food, to more people, more often.
ZEA PROJECT IMPACT: 1,200 - 2,400 kilograms of food waste transformed into fertile soil every year.
As a community, we are striving to improve our connectedness and collaboration between all the elements of our school community and the wider St. Albans/Western Melbourne area around us, and it is with this intention that we established the Arthur St Community Garden and Food Program.
Our garden at school is around 700 square metres in size, and was established at the beginning of 2015. Our plan from the beginning was to rehabilitate the heavy clay on site into fertile and productive soil to be able to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables for our staff, students and families, and to donate fresh food and raise funds for our community partner; the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. Our growing space is also extended by 2 plots at Padley Park Community Garden and a market garden row at Days Walk Farm.