Little green thumbs
THE kids of the Tweed Heads Community Preschool had their shovels and gardening gloves ready to help with the planting of their new vegetable patch on Thursday.
With the help of the Bunnings Warehouse South Tweed team, the kids got down in the dirt to learn about about the values of growing fresh produce.
Tweed Heads Community Preschool director, Lesley Baker said showing the kids how to grow their own produce teaches them to appreciate their food.
"They're planing things that they can eat and from that sensory area, being able to eat what they're producing makes it more meaningful for them,” Ms Baker said.
"It just adds another area to the program, it really is a a life skill.”
Bunnings Warehouse South Tweed Complex Manager, Helen Egic said creating the vegetable patch was fun for everyone.
"The Bunnings Warehouse South Tweed team really enjoyed assisting the Tweed Heads Community Preschool to rejuvenate their vegetable patch,” Ms Egic said.
"The team is always happy to work together on hands-on projects that benefit our local community.”
The kids spent the morning learning how to properly plant and care for a variety of vegetables and herbs including carrots, lettuce and zucchini.
Ms Baker said the kids take pride in their gardening and the vegetable patch is a great way for families to get involved.
"If the parents even want to have some of the herbs we're planting they can, and then it becomes a bit of a family thing,” she said.
Bunnings Warehouse South Tweed will be providing the preschool with ongoing seasonal support by supplying different seedlings throughout the year to keep the kids vegetable patch up to scratch.
Ms Baker said the kids are really looking forward to taking care of the vegetable patch, and with their newly found gardening skills there's going to be fresh produce all year round.
"A lot of the time some of us might pop in to help care for the garden during holidays but we're lucky in this area because we get a little bit of rain,” Ms Baker said.