Lo­cal kids build and plant veg­gie gar­den

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CHIL­DREN from the PCYC Cannonvale af­ter school care have been busy build­ing a veg­gie gar­den at the cen­tre with the help of Plants Whit­sun­day owner Jenny Stokes who do­nated a box of gar­den­ing tools to get the project off the ground.

PCYC Cannonvale School Aged Care (SAC) co-or­di­na­tor Di Quadrio said the veg­etable gar­den would give lo­cal chil­dren hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of where food comes from and how it is grown.

“Jenny pre­sented the kids with a box of gar­den­ing good­ies last month and of­fered plenty of help­ful ad­vice on grow­ing our own pro­duce,” she said. “The herbs and veg­eta­bles that are grown are eaten by the chil­dren who at­tend the cen­tre and we also give them sam­ples to take home to share with their fam­i­lies.”

Ms Quadrio said the chil­dren pre­vi­ously grew herbs and veg­eta­bles by pur­chas­ing pun­nets, but this time round they had made their own tubes out of re­cy­clable items be­fore plant­ing the seeds.

“The seeds have now started shoot­ing and we will con­tinue to trans­plant them into the gar­den beds over the hol­i­days,” she said.

“All of the chil­dren are very ex­cited about the veg­gie patch project and it’s a great way for them to learn about the process from start to fin­ish.”

The PCYC Cannonvale has many other ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties planned for kids over the East- er hol­i­days. On Tues­day, the chil­dren com­pleted a mo­saic art work­shop with Jac­qui Quadrio from Ev­ery­thing Mo­saic and on Wed­nes­day they learnt about Ital­ian cul­ture through fun paint­ing work­shops, de­vel­op­ing lan­guage skills and mak­ing home-made piz­zas. The group are now look­ing for­ward to go­ing on a sea­far­ing ad­ven­ture to Daydream Is­land to­mor­row (Fri­day, April 11).

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 4946 4299.

NEW PROJECT: PCYC Cannonvale School Aged Care (SAC) as­sis­tant Rose Kemp su­per­vised Sureti Roko­tavaga, Lach­lan Van­der­meyde, Char­lie Wind­sor, (front) Tate Jack­son, Jor­dyn Lowe, Lily Chap­man, Ky­bie Phillips as they pre­pared the soil to start plant­ing their shoots last Wed­nes­day.

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