At the intersection of water, food security and energy, drip irrigation enables the world to grow more crops with less resources and less impact on the environment – this is sustainable productivity. Transferring this knowledge from our farms to our schools will enable young Australians to gain an understanding of where food comes from, how it is produced and why it is important to minimize our impact on the environment.
This School Vegetable Garden Drip Kit, complete with a variety of vegetable seeds, will help our schools bridge the gap by letting our young people get their hands dirty and growing their own vegetables. This fun and practical approach encourages involvement from preparing the ground and planting the seeds, to harvesting your first crop and tasting your very own ‘home-grown’ vegetables.
The kit was the brain child of three industry leaders; Netafim, Syngenta and AUSVEG.
NETAFIM invented drip irrigation and was established some 50 years ago. Since then, they have continued to develop smart water solutions for sustainable productivity. Sustainability has always been part of Netafim’s core mission, and they recognize that it’s the key to our future. Drip irrigation is considered the most efficient form of irrigating and uses up to 60% less water than other methods. Think of it as spoon feeding each plant exactly what it requires. The water and nutrients are delivered slowly, directly to where the plant needs it – the root zone. The soil does not leach and there is no run-off which can contaminate our aquifers, rivers and oceans.
Delivering precise amounts of water and nutrients to the root zone without saturating the soil means that the plant is always performing at its peak and is therefore able to produce more and better quality fruit.
SYNGENTA is focused on bringing plant potential to life and is proud to be working with Australian schools and communities to educate young horticulturists. Through world-class science they help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. The Syngenta vegetable seeds in each kit are perfectly suited for growing in school vegetable gardens and were selected due to their seasonal relevance but also to give the pupils a broad exposure to different vegetable crops.
AUSVEG, the peak industry body for Australian vegetable growers is proud to be part of this initiative in providing the essential resources to help you learn and grow your very own vegetable gardens. AUSVEG are committed to the education of young Australians and the promotion of healthy eating habits.
Each company has brought with it a particular area of expertise to provide you with this complete School Vegetable Garden Drip Kit.