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School farms & gardens: food for growing minds

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne says she is thrilled about the number of Tasmanian schools embracing fresh and healthy food programs for their students.

"It's so encouraging to see lots of schools embracing healthy lifestyles and encouraging the growing of fresh, seasonal food," said Senator Milne who visited Bruny Island District School today.

"Teaching students about the social and nutritional benefits of growing sustainable produce is truly the provision of food for growing minds. Children need to taste a range of fruits and vegetables and learn how to sit and share a meal."

With climate change and peak oil impacting on food availability globally, it is wonderful that students are thinking about reducing their carbon footprint by growing and sourcing food locally."

"The Bruny Island District School clearly recognises the benefits of hands on learning and healthy students. They have an on-site farm incorporated into many of the school's education programs.

"Children learn animal husbandry techniques through the running of their own Hampshire Down sheep stud, they collect and sell eggs from the school's own chooks and they have just established their very own kitchen garden where food is grown for classroom activities.

"Schools all around Tasmania are realising that the teaching of healthy living is easy to incorporate with other subjects. This is very encouraging because children are learning that health and wellbeing is achievable, fun and equally as important as traditional subjects taught in schools."

Senator Milne has supported a number of Tasmanian schools with their own kitchen gardens. Recently she donated raspberry canes to Glen Huon Primary and today has donated five fruit trees to Bruny Island District School.

For more details on Christine's visits to Tasmanian schools, visit her gardening blog on:

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