A group of Shepparton students who are not afraid to get their hands dirty in the garden are hoping their dedication to fresh food will help bring a special Jamie Oliver program to the city.JENNA BISHOP March 6, 2014 4:56am
Bring Jamie to town: Students from Wilmot Rd Primary School are jumping on board the campaign to get Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food to Shepparton.
The Ministry of Food the British chef runs delivers community education programs about cooking and nutrition to young people and adults.
If the campaign is successful, a pop-up kitchen will be installed at the Historic Schoolhouse at Emerald Bank for a year.
Wilmot Rd Primary School student wellbeing and community relationship co-ordinator Paul Greenwood said the school’s food philosophy closely mirrored the program’s objectives.
The school had a food science kitchen, where children were responsible for growing their own vegetables and learning how to cook and prepare them.
‘‘It’s very popular with students for teaching them where food comes from and then turning it into Jamie Oliver’s pickled cucumbers,’’ Mr Greenwood said.
He said the school’s fresh food program tied in well with the region’s status as a food bowl and taught kids about sharing healthy, home-grown food.
‘‘It creates a community, encourages sharing and we see the benefits of it every day with the students.’’
Campaign organiser Jen Hutchinson said it had been really well received by the community.
‘‘It’s fantastic. It’s gotten everyone so excited,’’ she said.
Mrs Hutchinson expected to finalise the application on Tuesday and send it off in time for yesterday’s closing date.
A finalist will be chosen from each state and territory, with the winner to be announced at a special dinner this month.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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