ABC’s garden guru Phil Dudman and Sample magazine editor Remy Tancred with Clarence Valley students who questioned where food comes from.
ABC’s garden guru Phil Dudman and Sample magazine editor Remy Tancred with Clarence Valley students who questioned where food comes from. JoJo Newby

Workshop questions our food miles

ABC GARDEN guru Phil Dudman brought his 200cm frame and his even bigger personality to Grafton on Thursday for a kid-friendly workshop on food miles.

It’s an important issue in our food focused society and four high schools were involved – McAuley Catholic College and Grafton, South Grafton and Maclean high schools.

The students hit the Grafton Farmers Market to build a sandwich, using ingredients with the least food miles possible.

Phil was pleased with how the kids acted and got into the workshop.

“I’ve genuinely been amazed.

"The kids got really into it and were asking the farmers at the farmers market some really hard questions,” he said.

“They were finding out how things were grown a few kilometres from Grafton and then hundreds of kilometres away too and were a little amazed.

“When we went to a local supermarket and asked where the flour came from for their bread and they couldn’t tell us ... we found that even more interesting,” Phil said.

The interactive learning event was organized by the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum with funding help from the NRMA.

Fresh Start is an initiative of the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum.

Established in 2006, the forum works to achieve change in school and the community through innovative partnerships between students, parents, educators, training providers, business and the wider community and by pioneering programs and activities for students.



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