Grafton Public School teachers and environmental committee members Terri Jackson, Tim Keogh and Howard Avery, along with some of the students who would benefit if a community garden was established at the school.
Grafton Public School teachers and environmental committee members Terri Jackson, Tim Keogh and Howard Avery, along with some of the students who would benefit if a community garden was established at the school. JoJo Newby

Students dig community garden idea

GREEN thumbs are wanted to help teach a generation of Graftonians about the simple pleasures of the vegie patch.

Expressions of interest are sought from people keen to help Grafton Public School students establish a community garden on the school grounds.

The removal of demountable classrooms on the primary campus will make room for a sizable garden if the project gets up.

A brainchild of the school's environmental committee, the project looks set to teach children much more than the benefits of small-scale farming.

Primary teacher Tim Keogh said many children weren't fortunate enough to have connections with the older generation who could offer them immeasurable wisdom if given the chance.

“It is sad to hear of members of our community feeling socially isolated,” he said.

“We would like to encourage them to be involved in our program.

“One of my strongest memories as a child was spending time with my grandfather in his garden.

“He instilled patience, understanding and was able to give me advice that has stuck with me throughout my life.”

The environmental benefits of such a project were clear, Mr Keogh said, considering the ridiculous situation in which food travels an average of 4000 kilometres from farm to table.

“By increasing their knowledge, we hope children will make healthier food choices and show them the economic advantages of growing food and buying locally,” he said.

Mr Keogh said many kids were so obsessed with playing computer games that they lacked basic sustainability skills.

“Gardening is like a form of meditation that doesn't exist anymore for these kids,” he said.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Karen or Tim at the school on 6642 1000.



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