FLO garden set to unite and educate

Student will have the opportunity to literally watch their work grow in front of them following the launch of Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option’s Green Valley Gardens project.

It follows a call by the school for volunteers to help with the development, upkeep and cultivation of the garden published in The Express last month.

Program coordinator Paul Fawcett was pleased with the turnout for the launch on Tuesday and said it would inspire students to take responsibility for the community asset.

“So far we’ve had our Hands On Learning Team construct the raised garden bed flat packs, which has been a really important part of the process,” Mr Fawcett said.

“All the garden beds will be made in-house and we have a number of those garden beds already planted out through generous donations of plants from Bunnings.

“At the moment we have corn, tomato, chilli, eggplant, watermelon, pumpkin and herbs so there’s quite a variety already.”

Mr Fawcett said the school had about 60 visitors during the launch, which included a handful of people who put their hands up to volunteer in the garden.

“The volunteers in the first instance will assist with the construction and development of the Green Valley Gardens site and beyond that they will be involved in the cultivation of the garden and what we decide to do with the produce,” he said.

“Our motto is ‘grow, unite and educate’ so by growing fresh fruit and vegetables we want to unite the community with our students and offer them educational experiences outside of the classroom.”

Latrobe City mayor Kellie O’Callaghan and school captain Harry Peterson cut the ribbon to open the garden and said it would create connections and bring people together who shared a similar interest and aspiration.

“Projects such as this one foster social connections. This garden is a place of belonging, of shared understanding, a place to practice mindfulness and … a place to focus and foster civic pride,” Cr O’Callaghan said.

“[It] is also a great example of the way partnerships can be forged and how they can lead to other opportunities and projects emerging.”

For more information or to register your interest to volunteer in the garden, visit the school at the corner of Commercial Road and Chapel Street, Morwell, email

lvflogreenvalleygarden@gmail.com, visit lvflogreenvalleygardens.com or phone 5165 0670.