How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow? is a collection of short stories reflecting the passion for gardening shared by children on opposite sides of the country: the students of the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, who established an organic vegetable patch in the challenging conditions of their home in the Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia; and Lachie Coman, a schoolboy from Melbourne. The book tells the story of how a garden brought these two distant groups of people together.

Lachie’s visits to the Tjuntjuntjara Community in 2011 provided an opportunity for him and the kids of the Spinifex Country to write, draw and share the stories of their gardens, which are vividly brought to life in this book.

Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School is located in the Great Victoria Desert, close to the border of South Australia, north of the Nullarbor Plain and 680 km north-east of Kalgoorlie. The school was established in 1985, when the Tjuntjuntjara people moved into the region to lead a traditional lifestyle and to maintain cultural identity and values. Tjuntjuntjara Community is considered the most remote community in Australia.

 

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