Kindy vege crop a winner
In the South
The Lees St Kindergarten vegetable patch has produced more than just healthy food for its pupils, this week winning a $1500 award.
The kindergarten received the prize money for its gardening and recycling project, named the most promising entry in the nationwide Mother Earth Reward competition.
Head teacher Wendy McLachlan said it was great for the kindergarten's project to be recognised and the community was excited about the win.
Pupils were back in the garden this week, planting potatoes to go alongside the beans, peas, bok choy and herbs already growing in old tyres, around reused book stands or on decorated bamboo frames.
The produce will be shared among the kindergarten community, along with recipes and recycling tips, to help promote sharing and healthy eating.
Five fruit trees had also been planted to teach children about food production, Ms McLachlan said.
''Kids don't really see where fruit comes from - apples come from the supermarket.''
As part of its prize, the kindergarten will be visited by Radio Live Home and Garden show hosts Helen Jackson and Tony Murrell.
The pair will give the kindergarten gardening advice and ideas about how to move the project forward with the $1500 prize money.
Head judge and Healthy Food Guide magazine editor Niki Bezzant said the Lees St garden had a lot of potential and would help teach pupils and their parents about healthy eating.
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