After 6 years as our garden specialist, Monina is leaving us. We have loved working with Monina and our program has benefited from her extensive knowledge and expertise and also her creative headset. She has worked passionately to create a vast and productive garden for eight to ten classes to work in each year. Through Monina’s support, students, teachers and volunteers have developed an understanding of plant diversity and how to create a productive garden.
Monica has worked very well with our kitchen specialist, Amanda, and together they have been important resources for other kitchen garden specialists across our state. Monina’s involvement in other community biodiversity projects has been advantageous to us, too, in planning our Nature Play and Biodiversity Project.
As well as being our garden specialist Monina has her own garden design business; Green Gecko Studios. She has decided that it’s now time to move on and pursue some other opportunities and we wish her every success in her next ventures. She will finish next week on Wednesday 23 March. We will officially farewell Monina at assembly on Wednesday 6 April.
This week in DECD jobs we have advertised for a new garden specialist. Expressions of interest are called to fill the position for the remainder of the year, at this stage. The vacancy will close on 24 March. Apply if you are interested, or you know someone who may be interested, please ask them to apply. To apply: follow the link above; then click on Ancillary /Support Registers and Advertised Vacancies; then click on Ancillary Temporary Positions; and scroll down to find the Woodend position.
Despite the loss of a valued member of our team, we are looking forward to a very good productive year in the program. Our Kitchen Garden Review, which was conducted late last year, has given us clarity about how to evolve the program into a more powerful 2016 version. Experienced volunteers will begin to notice that we are now starting to build ways of implementing the recommendations from that review.