STUDENTS DIG FRESH FOOD
THESE green thumbs are helping to combat an increasing move by Australian families away from fresh food by growing produce in their school garden.
Marian Catholic Primary School is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program developed by the Australian food icon to help ensure children are learning healthy eating habits from a young age.
Ms Alexander said she wanted to see the kitchen garden program extended into homes.
“We know parents are busier than ever and it’s hard to fit everything in,” Ms Alexander said. “By making small changes such as spending more time preparing and eating meals together as a family, parents can help kickstart good habits and switch mindsets about healthy eating among their children.”
Marian School’s garden program assistant Penny Hickey said students were excited about their garden and had raised money to build the garden and buy water tanks.
“We have tomatoes and basil, radish, snow peas and beans, and we have a paw paw tree that was already there, which adds to the garden,” Mrs Hickey said. “It’s all about teaching the children where food comes from, that it is not just from the supermarket.”
The school is raising money for a kitchen where students will be able to make simple things like dips from the fresh produce and herbs and cook damper.