Yamba Pre School visited the Yamba Community Garden on Friday. Member gardener Larry Griffin shows preschoolers Caleb Hinton and Alex Sowell the red worms in the compost bin.
Yamba Pre School visited the Yamba Community Garden on Friday. Member gardener Larry Griffin shows preschoolers Caleb Hinton and Alex Sowell the red worms in the compost bin. Debrah Novak

Growing a love of gardening in kids

IT SEEMS it's never too early to get children interested in growing vegies.

Children from Yamba Play Group got their hands dirty at the Yamba community garden last Friday.

Helen Morris from Yamba Play Group said the visit was all about showing the children what the community garden was used for and to give them the experience of planting.

"We're going to plant tomatoes today; so that brings in the idea of sustainability and planting your own vegetables at home," she said.

"But also we want the kids to have a bit of fun and we're doing a treasure hunt.

"The kids will take heaps away from this. The little ones might not be listening; they might not get to plant a plant, but just to be here and see it all is very exciting."

The children were given a guided tour of the facility by community garden volunteer Larry Griffin.

Mr Griffin's tour taught the children not just about the plants but also about the importance of fertilising the plants and catching your own water supply in tanks.

Ms Morris said the playgroup was all about the kids having fun and the parents and carers of the children having good networks.

"We love to take the kids to the fire station; we also love to take the kids out to Wooloweyah where we have a teddy bear's picnic," she said.

"So there's a few excursions we like to do with the kids."



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