NAMBEELUP organic recycling business C-Wise has unveiled an innovative educational program for schools that aims to show kids the importance of organic carbon in creating a healthy soil – and ultimately, healthy food.
The program has been announced in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week.
C-Wise plans to deliver the program to schools across the region.
It will be integrated into the school curriculum, alongside the Stephanie Alexander Program, which teach students the importance of healthy eating.
It translates into students’ school-based kitchen programs, where they are learning to cook meals for their family, kitchen hygiene and food hygiene.
The C-Wise program takes learning a step further by showing students what makes healthy soil, the importance of recycling organic carbon, along with the value of compost and the role it places in the food production process.
“We saw it as a terrific opportunity at educational awareness in the local community,” C-Wise chief executive Andrew Maiden said.
“It’s about connecting kids’ minds with where their food comes from.
“They are learning the importance of healthy eating, it’s good for our mind and good for our body.
“Great food comes from great soil.
“Once you have healthy soil, you’re going to have healthy food.”
Participating schools are provided with a Bulka Bag of C-Wise Vegetable Mix Compost as part of the program. C-Wise mentors work with students to assist them in using the compost in gardens and in growing food around the school.
Students at Baldivis Primary School took part in the program today . Singleton Primary School and Malibu School have also signed up for the program.
Singleton Primary School is one of the only schools in Perth to have all useable gardens which feature only fruit and vegetables. There are virtually no manicured or decorative plants in the gardens at the school.