The joy of growing food is contagious. For most children (and adults) the journey from seed to edible plant is truly magical. We have been lucky enough to partner with Mission Australia and FiMBY to work with students and community members in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby to grow, cook and eat healthy food over the past year.
Lissa and Christina have been running gardening and cooking workshops regularly with students from Rokeby and Clarendon Vale Primary Schools as well as Rokeby High School. There is limited garden space available at the schools, so this year we decided to upcycle disused milk crates from Pura Milk, line them with old coffee sacks and fill them with potting mix and seeds. The students have diligently watered their crates and watched the seedlings emerge. We then worked with the students to design a display using the crates for a stall at the Clarence Plains Festival in May. Students wrote up instructions for how to make a crate garden and had kits available for purchase on the day. The crate gardens proved popular with all of our kits selling out!
Our seasonal cooking sessions have been particularly popular with the students. We always try to start with picking some produce fresh from the school garden & crates, the add lots of fresh Tassie produce and healthy wholefoods to make interesting and tasty foods. Tassievore Pizza made with our own roasted tomato sauce, Cheesy Bean and Veggie Nachos; and a power-packed salad of microgreens have been some of the favourites so far. The high school students also loved creating afternoon tea for the teachers. It is really lovely to see students taking pride in the effort that they have put in, being adventurous in trying new foods and learning confidence in the kitchen and garden!
We have also been working with adults in the community to improve skills and knowledge around healthy low-cost food. One of the highlights was a foraging walk on which we found quinces, pears, mulberries, watercress and lots of other edible plants.