The Watarrka Primary School fruit and veggie project has been a driving force in increasing awareness within the community on how to grow, maintain and cook healthy foods. The project is led by Christine Munro, teacher at the Watarrka Primary School, who began work on the veggie garden almost 5 years ago.
The purpose of the fruit and veg project is to educate the children and wider community on how to grow and maintain produce in harsher climates, with limited resources. This helps the local children and their families be exposed to the possibilities of growing, cooking and eating healthy produce.
The project is a great way to support and encourage healthy lifestyles among the children. By planting, maintaining and then harvesting the food they have an ownership over the process, and are able to take fresh produce home to their families as a treat.
Time in the garden is fun, and calming to the students, giving them a break from the classroom and an opportunity to connect with nature.
Christine Munro, teacher at the Watarrka Primary School said: