Kitchen gar­den puts good health on menu

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

COL­LIER Pri­mary School is en­cour­ag­ing healthy choices af­ter the school built a kitchen gar­den.

The gar­den was made pos­si­ble by a $5000 grant from Royal Perth Golf Club, with school par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers pro­vid­ing the labour over three week­end busy-bees.

The gar­den will al­low chil­dren to grow and pre­pare fresh food, while also giv­ing them life skills to pro­mote health­ier choices in the fu­ture.

The pro­duce is also used in the school’s can­teen, run by the P & C, pro­vid­ing a wider va­ri­ety of healthy eat­ing choices for the stu­dents and teach­ers.

The menu now has a weekly spe­cial that changes depend­ing on what pro­duce is in sea­son and avail­able from the gar­den.

The veg­etable gar­den is also en­joyed by the on-site be­fore­and af­ter-school care fa­cil­ity Help­ing Hands, which also helps to care for the gar­den dur­ing va­ca­tion pe­ri­ods.

Year 1 teacher Nola Gul­berti said the kitchen gar­den had been a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive for the school.

“Year 1 stu­dents have loved the op­por­tu­nity to grow veg­eta­bles as a part of their science pro­gram,” she said.

“They de­cided what healthy food they would like to cook, then grew the suit­able veg­eta­bles.

“Re­cently they har­vested some of their car­rots to make car­rot cup­cakes.

“The gar­den is a great av­enue to in­te­grate across the cur­ricu­lum and to ad­dress sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469839

Caitlin Vos­na­cos wa­ters the plants, watched by Oliver Kerr, Chris­tian Edwards, Scar­lett Sharp and Harri Lowe.

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