Kitchen Garden Program goes to the show!
Agricultural shows give schools a chance to bring their beautiful, fresh produce from the kitchen garden to their local show and share the fruits of their labour with the wider community. Agricultural Shows of Australia’s vision is “…a strong and vibrant network of Agricultural Shows working together to engage, influence and promote the essential value of Australian agriculture.” The group represents over 580 shows in the country, and we are delighted that Kitchen Garden members are a lively part of this ‘essential value’.
Students from Osborne Primary School with their first prize!
It’s also great to see schools winning prizes for their school garden harvests. At the Red Hill Show in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Osborne Primary won first place for ‘best harvest basket from a school garden’, while Namadgi School in the ACT won Most Successful Junior Exhibitor, taking home a massive twelve prizes across their fruit and veggies at the Canberra Agricultural Show.
Kitchen Garden Teacher, Kelly King, from Gorokan Public School with their third prize!
Similarly, Lynda Tucker from Woodlinks State School let us know that the school’s community support was so strong at the Ipswich Show, that families excitedly revealed the school’s results to her (first prizes for their sweet potatoes and for loofahs grown in the garden) before she even had a chance to check!
Representing their school at an agricultural show is a great experience for students. It’s something for them to work towards, not just for the competition aspect but also as an outlet to see what they’ve learned through their kitchen garden sessions. Both hard skills such as harvesting and produce knowledge, as well as soft skills, such as teamwork, are put to the test, so even if there’s no prize at the end of the day, there’s still a massive win from taking part! So too, the potential for students learning about vocational pathways, and the amazing sense of community shows promote.
For anyone interested in discovering agriculture shows near them, visit Agricultural Show Australia’s website.
Kitchen Garden members considering entering a show might like to look at the preserving resource on the Shared Table.
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