Shepparton Christian College is growing a vegetable patch to teach students about food security and food miles.By Alexandra Bolkas
Shepparton Christian College is growing a vegetable patch to teach students about food security and food miles with the aim of donating the produce to the Mooroopna Salvation Army.
Teacher Tim Ford said the college’s Year 11 and 12 VCAL students raised $937 to pay for garden beds and seeds through casual clothes days and a barbecue.
‘‘Prep to Grade 6 have their own garden beds — we started planted in term two,’’ Mr Ford said.
He said broccoli, spinach, radishes, snowpeas, beans and strawberries had been planted and tended to by the primary students.
‘‘We did it as part of science class and at lunchtime a few of students have been gardening,’’ he said.
Mr Ford said he got the idea to donate the food to the Mooroopna Salvation Army during the school’s weekly trip to the branch’s breakfast for the needy.
Year 4 strudent Ben Green said he had planted radishes in the garden and enjoyed picking them, even though he didn’t like the taste.
‘‘I don’t like them but I like growing them,’’ he said.
Year 5 student Laura O’Toole said the snowpeas were here favourite.
‘‘They haven’t sprouted yet, but I like eating them,’’ she said. ‘‘I always crack them open first because my friend found a worm in one.’’
Mr Ford said the students were learning about sustainability and food miles as part of Enviroweek — a partnership between the Bendigo Bank and Cool Australia — which ends today.
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