FAMOUS green-thumb Tino Carnevale was at Griffith Public School yesterday teaching kids how to get their spuds sprouting.
The presenter of ABC’s Gardening Australia was in Griffith for the Festival of Gardens, but made time to stop in on the next generation of gardeners.
Mr Carnevale had the school in stitches as he regaled the kids with stories of pumpkins big enough to turn into row boats and the time he almost poked his eye out on TV.
Between jokes, the horticulturalist conveyed the important health benefits of getting in to the garden.
“When it comes to teaching kids the importance of eating well, it’s an obligation not a choice,” Mr Carnevale said.
“I truly believe people become healthier and better people when they take the time to plant and eat their own fruit and vegies.
“The fringe benefit is being able to share in the great sense of community between gardeners, a community I have already seen is very strong here in Griffith.”
After an address to the school, Mr Carnevale got his hands in some soil with the kids of the Dirty Dozen environmental group.
Nine-year-old eco-warrior Jabez Tietie said he and his group improved the environment of the school and was grateful Mr Carnevale was there to give them some fresh ideas.
“We plant stuff, recycle, make sure there’s no rubbish around and help keep the school environment nice,” he said. “I like the Dirty Dozen because I get my hands dirty and learn about gardening.
“Tino is so funny, I thought he was a comedian, but now he’s showing us some good ideas to get our vegie patch better.”
Mr Carnevale is in Griffith until Sunday, hosting workshops for the Griffith Festival of Gardens.