Sustainable Schools

Why should we have a garden bed or veggie patch in our school?

“Involving students in food gardens is a rewarding and educational experience with academic, social and environmental benefits.” Sustainable Schools NSW

“Creating and maintaining gardens helps students to develop knowledge and skills for sustainable living, and for studying how we can meet human needs while preserving the environment for future generations. Practical activities in garden design, planting and harvesting, can be linked to a range of curriculum areas including science, arts, literacy and numeracy.” NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage

Sustainable Schools: Food Gardens

“Involving students in food gardens is a rewarding and educational experience with academic, social and environmental benefits.”

The Sustainable Schools NSW website contains a range of 

  • Teaching Resources, including curriculum links;
  • Student Resources;
  • Planning Resources; and
  • Grant Information.

Sustainable Schools New South Wales is an initiative being managed by the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). It provides a curriculum focused resource hub for environmental education.

WaterUps® as proud members of the AAEE are keen to support this initiative and in part, have developed a range of raised garden beds with wicking systems that contain everything needed to help the garden grow. Just add soil, plants and water!. WaterUps® avoid water waste and significantly reduce the time and water needed to keep growing environments healthy. By reducing the amount of water used by up to 80% in some cases (due to the water reservoir capacity) beds can be left unwatered for as long as 5 weeks or even longer. This is great for schools, especially during term breaks! 

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Learning about Wicking Beds in the Classroom 

As part of an initiative to promote interest in the building of their school vegetable garden using wicking beds, the Science Department at St Luke’s Grammar School on Sydney’s Northern Beaches have made mini wicking beds out of plastic milk containers.

WaterUps is now working with the school to design and build some external vegetable garden beds.

Apply for a Grant for your School Garden 

The Eco Schools grants program funds environmental management projects that promote learning opportunities for students, teachers and the community.

The Eco Schools grants program and similar grant programs are announced during the year.

 We will update this section to identify school grants as we’re made aware of them.

 For information on additional funding alternatives please contact us at