Kaniva kindergartners enjoying the fruits of their labour

YUM: Children from the Kaniva Kindergarten have enjoyed being able to eat the fruits and vegetables they have spent the last couple of months growing. Photo: West Wimmera Shire Council.
YUM: Children from the Kaniva Kindergarten have enjoyed being able to eat the fruits and vegetables they have spent the last couple of months growing. Photo: West Wimmera Shire Council.

It's no secret that fruits and vegetables are essential food groups, and with more and more people deciding to grown their own produce, it can only be good for people's long-term health.

One of the many people to start growing their own produce has been the Kaniva Kindergarten, with their fruit and vegetable gardens a welcome addition to their yard.

Many experienced gardeners will know that growing produce can sometimes be a lengthy process, however, the children are now enjoying the fruits of their labour, literally.

"The children have planted and nurtured their plants for months and are now enjoying picking and eating the produce," West Wimmera Shire Council explained.

With the now ready to eat, the children are starting to learn important food handling skills while creating their own salads.

"The children initiated and made their own healthy salads and included learning preparation skills such as peeling boiled eggs, cutting vegetables and tasting new flavours," council said.

Council believe introducing the kindergarteners to food preparation at a young age has resulted in numerous benefits that will hold them in good stead as they get older.

"The experience has empowered the children to be more aware of their own health and increase their confidence to make decisions about their own wellbeing," council explained.

Being able to see their plants grow from seeds to fully established plants has been an enjoyable experience for the kindergarten.

The skills they have developed over the last couple of months could potentially inspire the children to grow their own produce at home, and potentially introduce them to healthy food habits for years to come.