YUM: Kato holds the plate of sushi as Indigo, Susan (teacher), Sascha, Iris, India, Sunney, Remy, Angus and Tess from the Bangalow community child care centre look on.
YUM: Kato holds the plate of sushi as Indigo, Susan (teacher), Sascha, Iris, India, Sunney, Remy, Angus and Tess from the Bangalow community child care centre look on. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Kids dig in and raise funds

A PASSION for growing their own vegies has inspired a leap into culinary publishing for Bangalow's intrepid school kids.

They've hatched a plan to raise money for their local school and children's community centre via their very own cookbook. Bangalow Public School principal Susie Boyle said the enthusiasm for the project came from the fertile soil of the school garden.

The school runs Kids in the Kitchen program with students growing and harvesting fruit and vegies for their own healthy meals.

"Their absolute love of gardening and food led us to explore the idea for a school cookbook," Ms Boyle said.

The students have joined forces with Bangalow Community Children's Centre, which shares their enthusiasm for gardening.

It is hoped the project will bring together all aspects of the Bangalow community and reinforce the importance of fresh local food and produce.

Recipes will cover all the tried and true favourites of old rural Bangalow to the so-called "new Bangalow" cuisine, which will include contributions from local chefs.

A section dedicated to family and kids' recipes will complete the package.

The response from the community so far has been terrific, said Ms Boyle, with local food stylists, chefs, passionate cooks, recipe writers and hungry recipe testers lending a hand.

Project supporters are now putting a sponsorship plan together to fund publishing costs and are welcoming local input on their Facebook page.



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