Kayla O'Driscoll and Natallie Hogan forage through the gardens at the New School of Arts as part of Links to Learning hospitality program - making food for lunch program using food from garden. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Kayla O'Driscoll and Natallie Hogan forage through the gardens at the New School of Arts as part of Links to Learning hospitality program - making food for lunch program using food from garden. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Students add fresh touch to food service

HORTICULTURE and hospitality students in the Links to Learning program joined forces recently to supply lunch for 30 people at the New School of Arts in South Grafton.

Program co-ordinator Colleen Kennedy said Links to Learning was aimed at 14-16-year-olds who were "not likely to take the main road" through 12 years of conventional schooling.

The young people split their time between school and the New School of Arts, where some opted to learn hospitality skills in the kitchen while others developed their horticultural talents in the garden.

They joined together to serve lunch to about 30 people as part of the New School of Arts' free "superstars" lunch, open to the community on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

"They fed 30 people in about 90 minutes, with eight young people serving," Ms Kennedy said.

"Fresh produce - salads, herbs and the strawberries for dessert - came from the garden and the students made their own uniforms, so they really looked as professional as they performed."



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