Published on: 3 August 2023

Year 10 Environment and Community (ENCOMM) students have been working with City Beach Community Forest Foods in recent months as part of their Cadet program. On Friday afternoons, boys in this cohort undertake various activities with local social and environmental organisations.

We have recently partnered with City Beach Community Food Forest which is a wonderful local initiative for the boys to be involved with. The expansive garden has fruit and nut trees, vegetables, and native bush tucker plants for the local community to enjoy and learn about what can be grown in their area. The ENCOMM boys first visited the garden for an introductory session in March and got stuck into fruit tree planting the following month. They then helped to prepare the extension of the bush tucker garden in May, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Last week, the boys helped to rehabilitate the dunes, which involved weeding and planting. Next up will be vegetable planting. The organisation has expressed their gratitude for the extra help.

The aim of this program is to instil the significance of being an active community member. By working with organisations that support varying causes, boys are exposed to a wide range of social and environmental issues. City Beach Community Food Forest hosts community working bees open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8.00am to 10.00am, which is a great opportunity for some gardening fun with the family.