Children at Kyabram and Girgarre pre-schools have received a masterclass in growing their own vegetables, setting up their own vegie patch as part of a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
Kyabram Pre-school administration manager Tania Chiswell said the pre-school planned to educate the children and their families around healthy eating and sustainability.
‘‘We want to teach our kids sustainable practices around growing their own foods, looking after our land while picking and eating their own produce,’’ Ms Chiswell said.
‘‘Kids learn from hands-on education, observation and participation, so this project will be full of fun, interactive learning opportunities for all involved.’’
The fund has supported 300 community projects across Victoria and Tasmania, with grants ranging between $500 and $5000.
Fonterra Stanhope site manager Jason Wright said the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund aimed to sustain local communities by sponsoring ideas, projects and initiatives that made an impact.
‘‘The Kyabram and Girgarre pre-schools were chosen as they fit perfectly within all three of our criteria — bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles,’’ he said.
‘‘The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is our way of saying thank you by supporting projects and ideas that bring our communities together and make them better, more vibrant places to be.’’
Stanhope Tennis Club, Kyabram Knights Schools Soccer, Pyramid Hill Historical Society, Girgarre Community Cottage and the Stanhope Community Aquatic Centre also received grants.
Applications for the next round of grants will be announced later in the year.