MONA 24 Carrot Gold Garden
24 Carrot Gardens Project establishes the gold standard of school kitchen gardens partnered with fun, learning activities in the creative arts, culinary arts, science and sustainability. We are proudly aligned with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program and the project currently has twelve schools participating, plus a sister after-school garden in the New Orleans neighbourhood of St. Roch.
As hosts of the project, Mona provides and facilitates:
Funding: To date, MONA have secured over $800k in financial support – $670k from the Tasmanian business community and $156k from the state government.
Leadership: MONA has employed two dedicated project managers and twelve garden teachers who implement the 24 Carrot Gardens Project within school environments and nurture project friendships with students and the whole school community.
Architectural design: Each school is paired with a leading hot architectural firm that develops a unique garden design based on whole-school community engagement. These partnerships are undertaken pro-bono and include leading firms: Fender Katsalidis Architects, Cumulus Studio, Room11, Booth&Watts, Gilby + Brewin Architecture/Urbanism, the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design, Building Studio, University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, Tim Penny Architecture & Interiors and TERROIR.
Fun and creative learning: In 2015 we are rolling out a series of curated workshops in the key learning areas of science, sustainability, creative arts and culinary arts.
It all started at Windermere Primary School. Mona’s Kirsha Kaechele, co-founder and Director of 24 Carrot Gardens, met a dedicated parent working with students during lunchtime on the fringes of the school oval. Hobart’s answer to Ron Finley (LA’s own guerrilla gardener), Jodie Tune was employed as 24 Carrot’s first Garden TA in October 2013.
Mona’s proximity to Windermere Primary (a fifteen minute stroll along the banks of the River Derwent) led to the first 24 Carrot Garden funding partnership as David Walsh wanted to invest in his own community. Development of a school garden program got well underway with the school’s GROW program, which focused on gardening, cooking and woodworking. Starting in late 2013, GROW was further nourished by design input from Chloe Proud of Ethos Eat Drink in collaboration with Kirsha Kaechele, Mark Rhodes and Reuben Parker-Greer.