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Mullumbimby Public School students who took part in the challenge: Estar Constable, Scarlett Clifford, Lev Cohen, Kiani Nages, Tahlia Nages , Charlize Tucker and Sophie Powell with teacher Kimberley Malivanek (rear). Photo supplied

The Mullumbimby Farmers Market’s fourth annual Grow Your Own Lunchbox Challenge on Friday had the judges salivating.

Primary school students from seven local schools created a display of their garden produce, talked about their gardens and then presented a lunch made using the produce they’d grown.

This year Shearwater Steiner School grew a crop of rain-fed rice for the first time and made more than $100 by selling turmeric to a local cafe for their turmeric chai lattes.

Ocean Shores Public School grew dragonfruit for the first time and planted a new berry farm,

Main Arm catered for their Grandparents Day using produce from their garden and Mullumbimby Public School added a hive of native bees and edible flowers to their herb garden.

At Durrumbul School, they had a bumper crop of jaboticaba fruit, which they turned into icy poles and juice, while at Crabbes Creek, they learnt all about composting, adding a compost bucket system to the garden beds. Wilsons Creek also developed a new program to turn food scraps into soil.

The market gave away almost $3,000 in prize money to support our local schools’ kitchen garden programs.

The sumptuous lunch produced by Ocean Shores Public School students. Photo supplied.

Four lunchbox prizes; of $250 each went to Ocean Shores Public School for their healthy lettuce cups with a butter bean salad, Durrumbul for their jaboticaba juice, Shearwater for their cassava cake and Wilsons Creek for their sweet potato crisps with ginger and turmeric hummus.

Six garden prizes of $250 each went to Ocean Shores for Best Garden, Crabbes Creek for their new compost system, Durrumbul for their native TC bee education program, Mullumbimby for their integrated herb, flower, insect and bee garden, Shearwater for Best Native Garden, Wilsons Creek for their closed-in garden systems and recycling initiatives and Main Arm for their newspaper seed raising pots.

Market manager and Lunchbox Challenge coordinator Allie Godfrey said the challenge was designed as a way of encouraging and supporting local school kitchen gardens and the next generation of farmers.

She said it ‘was inspiring to see the passion and energy being put into growing food at local schools’.

‘With the skills they’re developing the future is looking bright,’ she said

 


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