Kids learn all about com­post

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NAMBEELUP or­ganic re­cy­cling busi­ness C-Wise has un­veiled an in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram for schools that aims to show kids the im­por­tance of or­ganic car­bon in creat­ing a healthy soil – and ul­ti­mately, healthy food.

The pro­gram has been an­nounced in con­junc­tion with In­ter­na­tional Com­post Aware­ness Week.

C-Wise plans to de­liver the pro­gram to schools across the re­gion. It will be in­te­grated into the school curriculum, along­side the Stephanie Alexan­der Pro­gram, which teaches stu­dents the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing.

It trans­lates into stu­dents’ school-based kitchen pro­grams where they learn about kitchen hy­giene, food hy­giene and how to cook.

The C-Wise pro­gram takes learn­ing a step fur­ther by show­ing stu­dents what makes healthy soil, the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling or­ganic car­bon, along with the value of com­post and the role it plays in the food pro­duc­tion process.

“We saw it as a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity at ed­u­ca­tional aware­ness in the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” C-Wise chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Maiden said.

“It’s about con­nect­ing kids’ minds with where their food comes from.

“They are learn­ing the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing. It’s good for our mind and good for our body.

“Great food comes from great soil. Once you have healthy soil, you’re go­ing to have healthy food.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are pro­vided with a Bulka Bag of C-Wise Veg­etable Mix Com­post as part of the pro­gram.

C-Wise men­tors work with stu­dents to as­sist them in us­ing the com­post in gar­dens­mu­ni­ d482589 and in grow­ing food around the school.

Stu­dents at Bal­divis Pri­mary, Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary and Mal­ibu School have signed up for the pro­gram.

Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary is one of the only schools in Perth to have all use­able gar­dens which fea­ture only fruit and veg­eta­bles.

There are vir­tu­ally no man­i­cured or dec­o­ra­tive plants in its gar­dens.


Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

C-Wise ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Ja­ca­lyn Ham­mond in the Bal­divis Pri­mary School gar­den with stu­dents Kirra Heron and Liam McHardy.

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