Cummins students get growing for bushfire revival

GROWERS: Gus Cretty, Sharni Blacker, Joe Haarsma and Jade Blacker with some of the plants the class had grown for South Australian Bushfire Garden Revival Lower Eyre Peninsula.
GROWERS: Gus Cretty, Sharni Blacker, Joe Haarsma and Jade Blacker with some of the plants the class had grown for South Australian Bushfire Garden Revival Lower Eyre Peninsula.

Students from Cummins Area School have contributed their own plants to a project that is helping to provide plants to bushfire affected areas across the state.

Year 8 food and fibre students have grown plants for South Australian Bushfire Garden Revival Lower Eyre Peninsula, initiated by local gardener and Port Lincoln Permaculture Group member Kerry McEwan.

Food and fibre teacher Rachel Fuller said the students had to choose an agricultural project and had shown interest in seedlings and propagating plants when she had learned about the initiative.

"I contacted Kerryn and she had been really supportive...she managed to collect cuttings and seeds and provided information on the plants themselves," she said.

"The school is involved in the community here but it's nice to be able to go further."

Ms McEwan said it was great to see the students get involved in the initiative.

"They're growing for a cause," she said.

The plants will join others that will be bound for areas affected by the Cudlee Creek and the Yorke Peninsula bushfires.

Ms McEwan said an open nursery day will be held this Saturday at the nursery on Mark Street in Port Lincoln from 10am to 4pm for people to provide any plants, bulbs, seeds or other garden related items.

"We're asking for plants and garden items to come in now so we can assess transport requirements," she said.

Ms McEwan said assistance with transport of the plants to Adelaide for distribution would also be highly appreciated.

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