Stu­dents cook up a storm with har­vest

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr

Work­ing with a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles fresh from the patch, the stu­dents at Shark Bay School have been grow­ing and cook­ing their own food in a bid to learn about healthy eat­ing, gar­den­ing and re­cy­cling.

A wealth of pro­duce in­clud­ing toma­toes, corn, beet­root, basil and pars­ley from the school’s veg­etable gar­den have been turned into sev­eral dishes in­clud­ing beet­root smooth­ies, corn frit­ters and tomato-based pasta.

School prin­ci­pal Kay Mack said it had been a huge suc­cess.

“The stu­dents have en­joyed eat­ing the fresh pro­duce but have also cre­ated some de­li­cious meals with the food from the gar­den,” she said.

“Each class has a gar­den bed and is re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter the gar­den and the pro­duce.

“The gar­den is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to learn im­por­tant life skills.

“We have in­cor­po­rated the gar­den in maths and sci­ence ac­tiv­i­ties, mea­sur­ing the plants and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the life cy­cle of plants and in­sects we find in the gar­den.

“We also have a com­post bin, so we are teach­ing them about re­cy­cling.”

The Shark Bay School veg­etable patch was do­nated by Bun­nings Ware­house Ger­ald­ton last year, with the stu­dents reap­ing two har­vests so far.

Ms Mack said the stu­dents had been en­joy­ing their time out­side.

“The stu­dents en­joy the time in the gar­den — it is quite ther­a­peu­tic,” she said.

“It has been a great way to pro­mote healthy eat­ing and en­cour­age stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent foods and dishes.”

Pic­tures: Shark Bay School

Shark Bay School stu­dents take care of their veg­etable gar­den.

Kinder­garten stu­dent Lilly Wright with a class­mate in the vegie patch.

Kinder­garten stu­dent Shelly Locke looks for­ward to en­joy­ing some corn.

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