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Students support Oliver's food philosophy

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.

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