Kitchen garden in full bloom
A SMALL bunch of avid green thumbs is now enjoying the benefits of a state-of-the-art healthy learning facility.
The culmination of 18 months' worth of planning and hard work was celebrated with the official opening of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Community Edible Gardens at Mount Whitestone State School on the weekend.
Past students, parents, teachers and other delegates all converged on the school on Saturday for the occasion and to tour the new facility.
All three tiers of government were also on hand to mark the importance of promoting healthy learning in schools.
Mount Whitestone State School principal Matthew Taylor said it was great to finally open the facility and to thank all who had contributed.
"It represents the culmination of the stages of planning, research and the bringing together of local knowledge and skills and I think the big thing about it is the acknowledgement of all the sponsors and people who made it happen," Mr Taylor said.
He said having the kitchen and edible gardens on site was an invaluable resource to teaching students a healthy lifestyle.
"One of the big things is that we can grow the food, we can harvest it, cook it and then sit down and eat it together," he said.
Mount Whitestone P and C president Mark Taylor said more than $150,000 of financial support had been put into the new facility.
He said it was a great facility in which students could learn and build upon the agricultural region in which they lived.