Cute children aren’t the only things growing at Yenda Preschool.
A lush garden with crunchy green vegetables is sprouting up at the preschool, thanks to the hard work of some little green thumbs.
On Tuesday the children enjoyed the fruits of their labour when they harvested some of the vegetables for their friends and family to munch on.
The garden is a new addition to the preschool funded by a $5000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant, which was set up by the Monsanto Fund and Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
It’s grant money set aside to help cotton growing communities, which are some of the worst hit in times of water crisis.
After winning the grant, local cotton growers chose to hand over the money to Yenda Preschool, who used it to set up a veggie garden, bicycle track, and shade sails.
The veggie garden was the thing that the children were most excited about, according to Yenda Preschool director Christian Callinan.
Alongside the children he has been learning how to grow strawberries, pumpkins, cherry tomatoes, and zucchinis.
Some of the children had a head-start on him, having inherited their green thumbs from their farmer parents.
“It’s a learning experience for all of us,” Mr Callinan said.
He said the children were also enjoying playing on the bicycle track under the shade sails. “We’re in a world where screens take up most of our time, so it’s good to get children active,” he said.
The children of Yenda Preschool are looking forward to growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables in the future.
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