Plant­ing the seed for healthy eat­ing

South Western Times - - News -

Good­start Early Learn­ing Ea­ton is hop­ing to in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of green thumbs with its Garden to Plate ini­tia­tive, made pos­si­ble through a $5000 com­mu­nity grant from the Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil.

The cen­tre also col­lab­o­rated with Ea­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege to have its cer­tifi­cate II con­struc­tion stu­dents de­sign and build the planter boxes, which they in­stalled on Au­gust 17.

Cen­tre as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Lyn­ley Reale said the project had been in the pipe­line for a long time and she was ex­cited to see it come to fruition.

“We were try­ing to think of an easy way for the chil­dren to be able to ex­plore the con­cept of gar­den­ing be­cause a lot of fam­i­lies are busy,” Miss Reale said.

“The chil­dren, and even some of our ed­u­ca­tors, aren’t ex­posed to be­ing able to go to the garden and pick fruit or veg­gies and use them with their cook­ing.”

Miss Reale said the grant had al­lowed the cen­tre to “put the wheels in mo­tion” and would soon plant sea­sonal veg­eta­bles and fruit trees in the garden beds for the chil­dren to main­tain.

“We can’t wait for it to be fully es­tab­lished and get some green thumbs hap­pen­ing,” she said.

“We have got more com­po­nents com­ing, we are look­ing at hope­fully get­ting a rain wa­ter tank as well so the chil­dren can use that for the wa­ter­ing and we will have some art stu­dents com­ing to do our com­mu­nity mu­ral.

“We are ex­cited it is fi­nally all com­ing together.”

Pic­ture: Emily Ace

Skill Hire trainees Jay Cross­man, 17, and De­clan Mills, 18, re­ceive help from Benita Defa, 2, and Cooper MacLean, 3, to in­stall garden beds at Good­start Early Learn­ing Ea­ton as­part of it­sGar­den to Plate ini­tia­tive.

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