Growing It Local - Bonbeach Primary School Green Thumbs
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‘Grow it local’ is a project that celebrates Australia's backyard, balcony, community and windowsill food growing. 50 golden tickets were to be handed out to the chosen ‘growers’ and partake in a ‘Growers Feast’ in conjunction with The City of Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival. The 50 lucky few were to donate produce from their gardens that would be cooked by chef, Vanessa Mateus from Pope Joan in Brunswick, with the feast being served at The Testing Grounds in Melbourne and guest host Costa, from Gardening Australia.
There were 1332 gardens registered, Amy and Jade from Bonbeach Primary School Green Thumbs, registered their volunteer run school garden and received 1 of those golden tickets. They jumped at the chance to take aubergines, lettuce, beans, sage, rosemary & 3 dozen eggs to the chef and be cooked. Attending the event, they were excited just to be there to enjoy the fresh feast and a chance to meet Costa!
Did they meet Costa? Yes they did! They shared a dessert plate with him and when they told him who they were, he almost fell off the apple crate he was sitting on - he knew something that they didn’t.
The night’s speeches were made by organiser, Jess Miller and Costa talked about Amy and Jade’s school garden, their Farmer’s Market Worm Wee stall and their importance of teaching children about gardening, growing and cooking fresh produce and the fact they volunteer to over 250 kids, sharing their knowledge, making it fun and why passing this on to the next generation is so important.
Bonbeach Primary School’s Green Thumbs were that 1 in 1332 and announced ‘GROWERS OF THE YEAR!’ the pair almost fell off that same apple crate.
Well done Jade and Amy, it is a huge achievement. Bonbeach Primary is very lucky to have you actively involved, and running, our school’s garden.