Unveiling the garden (back:l-r): Tim Edwards, Michael Malloy, Arthur Prentice, Justine Elliott, Uta Deirtrich and Leah Roland with Bangalow Public School students.
Unveiling the garden (back:l-r): Tim Edwards, Michael Malloy, Arthur Prentice, Justine Elliott, Uta Deirtrich and Leah Roland with Bangalow Public School students. The Northern Star/Jann Burmester

Bangalow kids cultivate a healthy lifestyle

VEGETABLES don't grow in cans on supermarket shelves.

Students at Bangalow Public School are learning this lesson the fun way as they look after their new organic vegetable garden, helped along by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce.

On Monday, the Arthur Prentice Kitchen Garden at the school was officially opened by the Minister for Aging and Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

The organic garden project is a joint initiative of the school, the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and the Bangalow Cooking School, and has been funded by the Department of Health and Aging as part of the school's Healthy Life-style program.

Bangalow Chamber President, Michael Malloy, said the chamber was happy to be a part of the school project.

“In our view the chamber has a wider role to play in the community than just supporting business,” Mr Malloy said.

The school garden has been named after former student, World War II veteran and champion gardener, Arthur 'Artie' Prentice, 92, who has been sharing his gardening tips with the students.

Produce from the garden will be used in small class cooking lessons, as part of the school's 'Kids in the Kitchen' cooking program, and for the school's Munch and Crunch program, which has the children eating fresh fruit and vegetables on Tuesdays.



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