Students cook up a storm with harvest
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.”
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.