Foragers brings farm to St Hilda’s

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Foragers has been sold to St Hilda's school from Perth and will open for students in 2021.
Camera IconForagers has been sold to St Hilda's school from Perth and will open for students in 2021. Credit: supplied

Foragers Field Kitchen and Cooking School has been sold and will be turned into an outdoor education facility for a Perth School.

St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls announced the purchase last Wednesday and will use the property for outdoor education and co-curricular activities from 2021.

Principal Fiona Johnston said the school was thrilled to be part of the Pemberton community and offer a home base for the school in the South West.

“The property offers our students so many opportunities such as camping, hiking and other outdoor learning activities,” she said.

“Given the origins of the farm, we are most excited about helping them understand the concept of paddock to plate which has been a central part of Foragers’ philosophy. We plan to hold a variety of learning programs at the property as well as outdoor learning experiences.”

Mrs Johnston said opening their own rural property provided the school with flexibility and provided the teaching staff with control over their programs and timing.

The property will be named Yeagarup Campus and renovations will be carried out in 2020.

“We look forward to working with local businesses to provide essential goods and services to the property,” Mrs Johnston said.

“With the local church also called St Hilda’s, we foresee Pemberton as being close to the hearts of a generation of WA women.”

The school may, in the future, seek a family to live on and run the property for the school.

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said the purchase would be a fantastic addition to the local economy.

“We will facilitate meetings with local businesses and producers to help enable the delivery of their programs to students, we look forward to working closely with St Hilda's into the future,” he said.

Manjimup chief executive Andrew Campbell said it was fantastic to see high-profile organisations such as St Hilda’s invest in the local communities.

“The recognition of Pemberton as a sought-after destination for natural attractions and food bode well for future prosperity,” he said.

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