So many schools are getting involved in the healthy living revolution that is taking place quietly in communities everywhere. From Moonah Primary in the city to Glen Huon Primary in the country, students are loving being involved in developing vegetable gardens, planting fruit trees and even caring for a bantam or two.
All these projects require an enthusiastic teacher or volunteer and Glen Huon is lucky enough to have Melanie Thayer. who is the mainstay of the project.
The great thing about growing food and working the soil is the opportunity to chat about all sorts of things and I enjoyed having a yarn with Gemma Gregson and Amos Smith about everything from their pet dogs to the trials and tribulations of planting a cherry orchard.
The students love being outside and being active whilst doing something worthwhile. I gave the school the raspberry canes to complement the herbs, fruit trees and vegetables that they had already planted.
It is so rewarding to see discussions about healthy eating taking place effortlessly as the students work. The school of 120 pupils is beautiful as it snuggles in the Huon Valley next to the picturesque Huon River. As well as the vegetable beds, it boasts a memorial native garden and a marvellous mosaic seat featuring students’ art work.
I am so looking forward to visiting all Tasmanian schools participating in this quiet, spontaneous revolution and leaving a trail of fruit trees and compost bins behind me.