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.
Workers from charitable organisation People Supporting People are warning Shepparton residents to keep an eye out for a woman falsely claiming to be collecting donations on their behalf.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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