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Colyton Public School last month launched its first community garden — a fantastic way to not only grow fresh produce, but also for the families, students and staff to become a true community.

Colyton gardening collage

Community Hub Leader at the school, Eva Hanna, said, “It was truly a team effort with everyone donning their gloves to make a contribution.

“It’s so rewarding to see the community working together and even more rewarding to see the garden beds fully planted. We look forward to harvesting the produce in the near future and to promoting a healthy way of life for the children and their families.”

The whole school community — the principal, staff, parents, P&C and students — helped bring the garden to fruition but the project would not have been possible without the support of Nick Katsoulis from Yates and Narelle Hunt from Bunnings Mount Druitt.

Both local businesses donated products and sent a team of experts to assist with the planting of the garden beds.

“Taking part in a community garden from the very beginning and watching your hard work flourish into edible, sustainable, take-home fruit and veg brings new interest and adventure to school life,” Ms Hanna said.

Community Hubs is a national program that supports migrant and refugee parents and children as they navigate the education system. It builds parenting and family skills and resources, and promotes links between families and local services and networks.

SSSI is the designated Support Agency for Community Hubs in Sydney, where Hubs are located across five local government areas.

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