Senior VCAL students harvested the fruits of their labour today, picking many kilos of fresh vegies for Bendigo Foodshare.

The VCAL vegies gardens between C and B blocks have produced a mighty crop this year with students growing everything from zucchinis, chillis and eggplants, to cucumbers, silverbeet and tomatoes.

The vegie garden is part of the VCAL Food Security Program in conjunction with Bendigo Foodshare.

Teacher, Peter Burns, said the program provided students with valuable skills for life.

“The students are involved with every part of the process, from planting and composting, to harvesting the vegies and packing them up for donation,” he said.

“This group of students will plant a winter crop and then another in late spring to ensure the garden keeps producing for next year’s cohort. They’ll also be in the kitchen making zucchini pickles and other preserves.”