Our children grow and learn

EACH Friday morning, the Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, plays host to an early years program called ‘Grow and Learn’.  It is a great program where parents, grandparents, carers and their young children meet to grow and maintain communal fruit and vegetable gardens while learning about gardening and healthy food.

Grow and Learn is an initiative of The Smith Family in partnership with Campbell Paige and the Education Department.  Recently, the children and parents experienced the ‘full lifecycle’ of growing and eating fresh corn and even making popcorn!

The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.
The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.

The parents took home enough corn to share with their families.  One parent commented, “…it was the best thing I have ever tasted!”.

Abbie, a regular attendee of Grow and Learn couldn’t wait until she got home to eat the corn….it would be eaten in the car on the way home!  We experimented with drying out the corn husks to make our own popcorn….unfortunately this wasn’t successful but we have the kernels ready to plant our crop for next year.

If you are a parent, carer or grandparent of young children come down and join us on a Friday morning between 9.30 am to 12 noon at Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, Eddington St, Bridgewater. There is no charge! Bring a drink and a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.