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GREEN COMMUNITY: Luke Miller, Corey Heron and Janelle Staggard get their hands dirty.
GREEN COMMUNITY: Luke Miller, Corey Heron and Janelle Staggard get their hands dirty. JOHN GASS TWESTEPH

THERE is a good reason the Currumbin Community Special School's scarecrow has one child and another on the way.

It is all part of the theme of their new Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, because many of the school and its community's mothers are expecting.

Garden co-ordinator Janelle Staggard said community involvement had been "awesome".

"The kids have built the garden from the ground up - the Year 11 and 12 put in irrigation systems and garden beds," he said. "We have dug 100 cubic metres of soil by hand and we now even pour our own honey from our very own beehives.

"On a normal day we will harvest what we need to eat and cook it straight from the garden.

"We're even growing flowers which once a month we'll take fresh to John Flynn Hospital for terminally-ill patients."

She said the garden was educational and enhanced maths and science knowledge through the measurements and calculations required to manage the garden.

"Much more than that, it's about getting the kids involved in the community because they need the confidence that exposure brings," she said.

"We also have multi-sensory garden beds for our wheelchair and vision-impaired students to touch and smell, plus we're the first special school on the Gold Coast to have one of these gardens."



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