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Edible gardens in Schools | Expression of Interest

The City of Ryde is offering a chance for schools (Primary and Secondary) to be a part of a pilot project aimed at creating edible gardens within their school grounds.

Food / organic waste makes up approximately 40% of the general (red) waste. This project aims to teach students valuable lessons that can be taken home to establish positive attitudes towards organic recycling. We aim to achieve this through setting schools up with composting, worm farming and a sustainable garden space within the school grounds. Edible gardens will create a practical teaching space whereby students are able to learn about organic recycling through hands on practical lessons.

The project will be provided by Council with workshops conducted by external contractors.


Successful school will be required to:

  • Provide a suitable space within their school grounds (minimum 1.5m x 1.5m space)
  • A keen group of sustainability or environmentally conscious students (or be ready to set up a group)
  • Champion teacher to lead and guide the student group through this project
How to apply

If you and your school are excited about this project and would like to participate, please send an expression of interest answering the following questions to Emma Tang at by 11.59pm Sunday 6 June 2021

  1. Why do you want to participate in this project? (300-word max)  
  2. Have you got a willing group of students who are keen to participate in this project? OR Is there an established group (garden / environment / sustainability group) who are keen to participate in this project?
  3. Is there a space within the school grounds that has been approved for this project? If yes, how big is this space?

Please also provide the following details:

  • Name of school
  • Name of contact person
  • Phone
  • Email

If you have any enquires please contact Emma Tang on 9952 8448 or

Click here for more information and an outline of the project

Term 2

End of T2
  • Successful school to be notified of selection
  • Student group to be selected / organised by school

Term 3

Week 2:


  • Introduction to project
  • Outline of the project presented to student group and supervising Teacher
  • Presentation on food waste avoidance and what to do with food scraps
  • Initiate ideas of the garden –i.e., proposed location for garden bed, worm farm and compost bin

Week 3

  • Contractor to build garden bed in school grounds – full day at school
  • No student interaction

Week 4

  • Workshop 1: – Introducing new garden beds to student group
  • Setting up worm farm and compost systems
  • What scraps to collect and how to feed worms
  • Where to collect food scraps (e.g., canteen, morning tea, student lunches)

Week 5

  • List of plants will be emailed to the contact teacher to go over with students to choose list of plants to grow
  • Plants to be delivered to school the following week in time for workshop 2

Week 6

  • Workshop 2: Planting out the garden bed.
  • How to care for the garden

Week 7

  • Workshop 3: How to use the composting system
  • How to use the compost / worm castings in the garden
  • How to care for garden

Week 8 – 10

  • School based interactions – caring for garden
  • Online resources

Term 4

Week 5 / 6

  • Workshop 4 – follow up and maintenance of garden / trouble shooting workshop

Week 8 - 9 / when garden is ready to be harvested

  • Harvest party / celebration of food from garden
  • Council to organise celebration day with school and contractor – cooking incursions (TBC).


Last updated on 18 May 2021