Implanting healthy habits in kids
Tom Wyatt, Scott Kilpatrick, Petros Khalesirad and Dominic Doblo want to teach children how to grow their own vegies at their primary schools.
A NEW vegie garden program will hopefully plant the seeds of healthy eating in primary school students' hearts and minds.
The brainchild of Dominic Doblo and Petros Khalesirad, My Veggie Patch CQ was borne out of a desire to see Rockhampton lose the tag of one of Queensland's “most obese towns”.
The pair is hoping to weed out unhealthy food in primary school tuckshops across the region by teaching children how to grow fresh vegies in their school's backyard.
“There are community gardens that do work, but this is about the kids using their own initiative,” Petros said.
“Some kids still don't know where tomatoes come from – they think they come from the back of a truck.”
They have recruited veteran gardeners Tom Wyatt and Neil Fisher, and owner of Affordable Quality Homes Scott Kilpatrick, to help kick-start the program in primary schools.
Tom and Neil will provide advice to students and Scott will help by donating equipment, along with assistance from local businesses Creative Avenue, Green Brothers, The Landscaper and Ultimate IT.
Schools can register their interest on the website – www.myveggiepatchcq.com.