Yates employees participate in a range of charitable activities in our local community, participating in a number of community fundraising activities and volunteering projects.
The local primary school has a totally organic garden, run by volunteers and mostly self-funded by selling the produce and donations…with one sole beneficiary with monetary support.
Yates spent an hour meeting the year 5 students who take turns with the year 6 students fortnightly in the school garden.
They have loads of vegetable beds, chickens and even an old bath with some fish…they pot small seedlings then replant into the flower beds as they grow…collect the eggs and all the produce is used in the school kitchen classes!
The gardens at the Ebbwvale Lions Club were in need of a revamp. The project team set aside a morning to construct 4 garden beds – 2 Vege and Herb and 2 Flower. It was a fantastic day with the members of the club eager to get their hands dirty and join in the fun.
After the planting, the team at Yates spent some time chatting to the Lions members with information on how to maintain their garden and left a couple of extra bags of Dynamic Lifter for them to place in other gardens around the yard.
Yates donated some products to help maintain their garden and also donated some compost mix and dynamic lifter to keep their veggies growing though the Autumn season.
At the school they have a great program it’s a kids garden club and the kids can volunteer to help during their lunch break to work and maintain the garden space although a lot of the kids go to eat the strawberries.
Students, teachers and the wider school community have assisted in developing the Native Sensory Garden and the Outdoor Learning Area, places where children and staff undertake outdoor learning activities. During lunchtimes, students have been working in the preparation of the garden: digging, mulching, removing weeds, watering and planting. Additionally, students and staff undertook planning for the working bees that took place last year.
Giving their garden beds some TLC with new soil, Yates Dynamic lifter, plants and Yates fertilisers.
Anthony from Yates Gardening came to the kindy with Bunnings to revive our veggie patch and share his knowledge on all things green 🌱🌱🌱
It was a beautiful day and the children had a wonderful experience.
Teachers have been working with year 3, 4, and 5 children in the Children’s Garden, flowering natives that are indigenous to the Adelaide Plains. The Children’s Garden also incorporates up-cycled large baskets in which flowering annuals grow such as Marigolds, Cosmos, Forget-Me-Nots and Cornflowers.
Second-hand baskets have been purchased from op shops and planted with purchased seedlings and seeds donated by Yates. Parents were invited to work with their children in the working bee on December 2016.
The Yates team were asked for assistance to revive/refresh an old garden bed in the back play area of the centre. The garden had an existing hedged area and a second planting area in front which is currently a makeshift of random plants that were given to them by parents and planted with no real sense of purpose or styling.
The team at Yates turned half the garden bed into a herb and veggie bed that could be used by centre to grow their own food which will then be used in preparation of the children’s daily meals. The second half of the garden bed was turned into a citrus garden with different varieties of oranges that could be picked through a staggered fruiting season and fed to the children as morning or afternoon snacks.