EduGrow – Encouraging schools and students
To grow good food, good learning & good times at school across the top end since 2012…
The ALPA 40th Anniversary EduGrow Awards were first held in 2012 and were open to all schools in ALPA member communities. The friendly awards competition was held as part of ALPA’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations all five schools from ALPA member communities joined the fun in 2012.
EduGrow began as an initiative of the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network (RIG Network), working in partnership with ALPA – EduGrow’s Founding Partner and Sponsor. EduGrow and RIG Network are now part of Foodswell Ltd that is a health promotion charity that works to create change toward food security and food sovereignty for everyone, everywhere.
EduGrow would not be possible without ALPA’s financial and other support and we are honoured to work with ALPA, their member communities, and schools.
ALPA have an amazing history (and future!) that you can learn more about by visiting their website here.
In short, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation was estalished in 1972, and is an Aboriginal-owned benevolent organisation which provides benefits to its members from the successful operation of community retail stores. They have five member stores in Arnhem Land, and manage twelve other businesses on contract across the remote Top End. ALPA are one of the largest financially independent Indigenous employers in Australia, and one of the larger retailers in the Northern Territory. Their stores seek to offer customers a choice of quality fresh foods and an extensive range of merchandise in a modern, comfortable shopping environment. Maintaining this quality service is a costly and demanding task. It is undertaken without subsidy and with limited infrastructure in the most isolated regions of Australia.
ALPA have long supported good nutrition and innovative health promotion activities that include the Jimmy Little Foundation, Thumbs Up! program that has run in ALPA stores and at ALPA member community schools for many years. The JLF have been an important part of the EduGrow story too and in 2013 were EduGrow’s Major Sponsor. We love your work Buzz and all of the JLF team!
EduGrow Arnhem 2013 and 2014
The EduGrow School Garden Awards grew in 2013 and again in 2014, when they were open to all schools across Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. It’s been a lot of fun and exciting to see great entries from community and homeland schools large and small grow and change over time.
We plan to share inspiring stories and top end gardening tips from past participants and gardens via this ‘new’ EduGrow website as we keep growing it!
While we get there you can read about the program and past winners via links to the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network website…where it all began!