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Fresh food for families

By Bernard Pryor

FOOD Plant Solutions, a Rotarian Action Group, joined forces with members of The Royal Society of Tasmania recently to conduct a training workshop about growing vegetables.

Supported by a grant from the Tasmanian Government under the Multicultural Grants Program 2018, the inaugural trial event was offered to The Nepali Society of Tasmania.

Chairman Dr John Thorne OA warmly welcomed 37 adult Nepali participants, led by Mr Pradip Dhungana, and 10 children to workshop.

Dr Thorne said the Tasmanian environment was perfect for vegetable and fruit growing and emphasised the importance of healthy eating and consuming a balanced diet for both children and adults.

“By learning how to grow your own food, you can not only save money, but ensure that the family is eating organic produce strong in valuable protein and vitamins,” he said.

The event incorporated a series of four workshops held at Warrane TAFE and was generously supported by enthusiastic staff members John Jeffs, Wayne Cole and Belinda McKercher.

The hands-on workshops provided demonstrations and opportunities for the participants to practice what they had seen and heard.

Participants learned how to plant vegetable seeds and seedlings and how to cultivate garden beds for foods such as potatoes.

A stroll through the small orchard at the TAFE college allowed the participants to see apple and other fruit trees burgeoning with ripe fruit ready to be picked.

For migrant children who have only had experience of intensive city living and buying produce in supermarkets, seeing fruit and vegetables freshly growing was very educational.

The Food Plant Solutions Program is creating a training model in the hope that other community clubs will take up and deliver it to various migrant groups in need of guidance and support about growing their own food for healthier minds and bodies.

For more information about the Food Plant Solutions program, visit https://foodplantsolutions.org or email: info@foodplantsolutions.org

Caption: Chairman John Thorne presents TAFE teacher Wayne Cole with his certificate of appreciation.