Back to Earth Initiative Help us achieve great things by voting for our Composting Chicken House.
Project overview :Bonbeach Primary School would like to extend the current chicken coop into a Free Range Chicken Composting House. Building a fence around our current coop will allow our chickens to range free and scratch through the school’s recycled compost, shredded paper, and organic garden matter to help create a full ecosystem within the designated area. By putting these ingredients into the composting house, we will no longer need composting bins or council green waste bins. Our project will help us to create large amounts of organic compost for our school garden, happier chickens and more engaged students. The back to earth project will help us put all our organic green waste to great use and create a stimulating environment for students to learn from. The proposed structure will include a viewing bridge which lays over a river rocked water stream allowing chickens access to water whilst also creating a mini water ecosystem. Sensory plants and landscaping will be selected on the basis they will provide experiences for the senses, beautify the school grounds and provide a safe environment for learning and playing.
Project outcomes :Project outcomes are great for Bonbeach Primary School and the environment. The school will reduce its paper waste, green garden waste will be composted instead of being collected by the council, students organic food scraps will feed the chickens, vegetable gardens will thrive with organic composted matter created through the chickens turning over the collected matter. By using all our available resources we will be able to reduce our school’s carbon footprint and create a healthy, manageable ecosystem where the school, the chickens and the environment will benefit. Students will benefit with educational lessons and life skills learnt through designing, building and managing the system. Our wider community will benefit from access to freshly laid chicken eggs and more abundant shared produce grown in the gardens.
Community Contribution: Community contribution will come from a school working bee and parent volunteers to prepare the grounds, erect fencing, renovate existing chicken coop, plantings and general landscaping. Students will be actively involved in planting and laying of the river rocks creating a sense of ownership and belonging as they gain valuable knowledge and life skills.
Back to Earth Initiative grant voting closed 22 May 2016
We were unsuccessful in achieving this grant. The project is still active and will commence as soon as we can access the materials need.