GREEN thumbs at Ogilvie High School in New Town have put a Federal Government grant to good use to further their contribution to the environment.

A $17,000 grant from the Federal Government Local Schools Community Fund was used by the school to build 11 raised vegetable garden beds, plant an orchard and install an automatic irrigation system.

Plans for a greenhouse are also in development and a new subject called Sustainable Food Productions is being offered to students.

The career focused and hands-on subject includes units such as plant physiology, plant pathology, enterprise, regenerative agriculture, biochemistry and nutrition.

Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie coordinated the grant.

“It was a treat to visit Ogilvie and see firsthand the expanded garden and speak with some of the girls enrolled in the new course,” Mr Wilkie said.

“It was also heartening to hear the increasing awareness of our environmental challenges and the students’ interest in being part of the solution.”

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