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The Junior Landcarer | JULy/August 2015 Issue
Surrey Downs Primary School helps to save our bees

Students at Surrey Downs Primary School raised and donated $800 to Landcare Australia to purchase a sentinel hive as part of the "Protect Our Bees" appeal. The students have been learning about the threats faced by Australian bees, in particular the Varroa mite – a blood sucking tick that attaches itself to the bee, infects them with a virus and causes major destruction to beekeeping, pollination and agricultural industries – that has spread to every continent except Australia.

The students were devastated to learn the large scale impact this would have to our food crops and the way we live our lives. Conversations of the crisis spread and the call to action was to hold a fundraiser, “Let it Bee Day!” On a mission to save our sweet black and yellow friends, the children came to school dressed as bees for the appeal.

The school’s great energy and success was recognised by ABC TV 3 news. Surrey Downs Primary School is encouraging other schools to hold a “Bee Day” to empower students with a chance to make a real difference and safeguard our future. You can still donate to protect our bees.

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#Wintervegie Challenge

We love the submissions we’re receiving for this year’s Yates Junior Landcare Challenge and we hope you’re enjoying getting into the garden and learning how food grows.

Remember when taking your photos to consider what stage of your winter vegie growing journey you are on and how the photo you take ties in with your story. Light is most important, your winter vegies will look better at different times of the day. Most importantly, don’t forget to include your competition planter stake in the photo!

Check out the great entry from Giles (pictured above) that placed him as July’s individual winner. "Last year none of my plants grew. This year I tried again. We planted the spinach seeds in the soil, watered them with worm wee and after a few weeks they started to grow. The plants are now big enough to eat; it tastes better than lettuce in salads!"

Spring is around the corner and soon enough it will be time to harvest your vegies! Keep an eye out for the August Challenge Update and we’ll share with you some great tips to help enhance your enjoyment when it comes to plucking out your vegies from the ground and eating them.


From Farm to Fork
Supporting our farmers and kids

“From Farm to Fork”, an initiative of Landcare Australia, is a fundraising campaign to encourage us all to get together and enjoy Australian food, while supporting the famers that make it possible.  If we want to be able to enjoy the same supply of fresh food that we have, farmers need our support.

Your involvement will help raise awareness about where our food comes from through Junior Landcare programs. The funds will enable us to develop resources for the Australian school curriculum to educate kids about our food. We will also provide grants for disadvantaged schools to start their own vegetable garden or have access to a special program called “From Paddock to Plate” developed by Louise Fitzroy (one of our ambassadors) through Junior Landcare.

Imagine, your impact will teach both adults and kids understand more about where our food comes from and learn about the importance of a healthy environment in a hands-on way!

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Spirit of Broo

An environmental musical in a wonderfully illustrated storybook, “Spirit of Broo” is an e-book for the whole family to sing along to. Broo takes its readers on a journey through the animal’s eyes as he leads his fellow bush buddies to execute their defence against the greed of the villain Sydney Downe.

Accompanied by an eight track CD, this story takes an honest look at the impact of urban sprawl and the toll taken on wildlife. James Palmer wrote this story to educate youngsters and create a generational shift of attitudes towards biodiversity and the wider environment they call home.

For each “Spirit of Broo” purchased, for $25, $5 will be donated to Landcare Australia towards environmental initiatives to protect and restore habitats and safeguard Australian species.

James is available for readings and singings of his book. While based in Perth, Western Australia he has been praised for the interactive nature of his school readings. Readings further afield from Perth can be arranged.

For more information and to purchase this book, visit or email
Case Study: 2014 National Landcare Award finalist

Students at Girraween Primary School are no strangers to learning life lessons through agriculture — their school's mini farm features chickens, a buffalo, goat, cow and a 400m² vegetable garden. The school's sustainability programs involve students from preschool to Year 6.They have also implemented a number of projects to help their school and community — turning their learning into on-ground activity — such as building a Butterfly Farm and forming the “Rubbish Warriors” group, which monitors the school grounds and award a prize at assemblies for the best kept area.

A 2014 National Landcare Award finalist, Girraween Primary School has contributed resources on food and fibre for the Landcare in the Curriculum resources created by Landcare Australia in partnership with the Primary Industry Education Foundation of Australia (PIEFA). You can find resources here.

All applicants for the 2015 Yates Junior Landcare Creative Garden Grants will be notified and the recipients will be announced on

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