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From School Garden to Plate - grow, learn and eat well in Dobell

September 07, 2018

Primary schools students are invited to tell Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride “how to make eating fruit and veg more fun” to win prizes from programs by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Stephanie Alexander for their schools.

Following the inaugural Dobell “Kitchen Garden Classroom” competition last year, Ms McBride yesterday launched the “From School Garden to Plate” competition, encouraging students to learn about preparing the food they have grown.

“Last year’s competition was to promote school gardens as an educational tool for children to learn about gardening and growing food, and this year the focus is more on what to do with that fresh food you have grown,” Ms McBride said.

“I launched the competition today at Toukley Public School, who were the winners of my school competition last year. Under the guidance of Mr Norman, their ‘Green Thumbs’ have cultivated an impressive vegie patch and sell produce to parents and teachers to raise money for more gardening,” Ms McBride said. “I tasted their strawberries, and they are very sweet. And I’m keen to try their kale chips recipe.” 

Students of all primary schools in the Dobell electorate are invited to enter “From School Garden to Plate” through their schools.

First prize is a “Jamie Oliver Learn Your Fruit and Veg” session, conducted by The Good Foundation, in which students “get their hands messy and fingers sticky” as they learn about fresh, seasonal ingredients and prepare a meal.

Second prize is a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Classroom Educator Pack, and third prize is a Stephanie Alexander Getting Started Guide; both designed to help schools develop gardens and lessons around fresh food.

“Last year students were asked to tell me how a kitchen garden would help them learn, and the quality of entries was outstanding,” Ms McBride said. “This year I am asking ‘how can you make eating fruit and veg more fun’ and I’m really forward to students’ suggestions.”

Entries close on September 28. For more information schools can phone 4353 0127.