MONA 24 Carrot Gold Garden
Our 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 we are currently partnered with twelve schools, plus a sister after-school garden in the New Orleans neighbourhood of St. Roch.
The whole MONA 24 Carrot Gold Garden concept 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.
From 2016 our two kitchen/garden specialists are the amazing Billy and Eranthos who work across the school every Thursday and Friday providing amazing, quirky and real life student enterprise opportunities which link our garden produce, kitchens and canteen.