Young­sters dig in to learn about vegies

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

BROC­COLI has be­come a big hit at Shalvey Pub­lic School.

The school has re­cently im­ple­mented a new kitchen gar­den pro­gram, which sees Year 2 stu­dents grow, har­vest and pre­pare healthy nu­tri­tious foods at school.

Kitchen Gar­den co-or­di­na­tor Benjamin Lam said the pro­gram aimed to com­bat un­healthy eat­ing habits.

“We saw a need to change the way kids think about food — and stop the trend of kids bring­ing un­healthy junk food to school,” Mr Lam said.

“Par­ents have com­mented that their kids are eat­ing health­ier, try­ing new foods at home and even ask­ing their par­ents to build vegie patches at home.”

The school re­ceived a $10,000 grant from the Stephen Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Foundation and an­other $2000 from Black­town Coun­cil to set up the gar­den.

Shalvey Pub­lic School is still look­ing for com­mu­nity sup­port and do­na­tions to build a kitchen within the school where the chil­dren can learn to cook.

De­tails: 9628 0322.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Brit­ney Wa­ters, Tristan Knight and Amaria Pren­tice tend to the vegie patch.

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