A HORTICULTURAL program is teaching children valuable lessons in sustainability, with a helping hand from Shire of Mundaring.
Eastern Hills Senior High School was recently awarded a Matching Grant, valued at $2000.
The grants are awarded up to a maximum of $2000 for projects meeting the needs of the local community, with groups able to match Shire funding dollar for dollar.
Shire President David Lavell said the school planned to purchase a water tank for reticulation and seed raising beds with the funding.
"The Year 11 and 12 students take part in the Sustainable Horticulture Program and complete a Certificate II in Horticulture," he said
"This is a great way to teach young people about the importance of being self-sufficient and understanding how food is grown."
The seed raising beds will help the school grow its own seedlings, rather than purchasing them. The Shire funding will be matched by the school's P&C.
"The beds will not only save money but show the students the whole growing process, right through to using the fresh produce in home economic classes," Cr Lavell said.
"We are proud to support local schools and a range of community groups through the Community Grants Program."
The Shire's Matching Grants rounds run twice a year.
PHOTO: Eastern Hills Senior High School teacher Charlotte Edwards with Shire President David Lavell, principal John Dunning and horticulture students look forward to growing their own seedlings thanks to a Shire of Mundaring Matching Grant.