SPRING has sprung and the kitchen garden at Oberon Public School is about to explode into production thanks to a helping hand from Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.
Mr Toole has donated the $500 in cash he won after taking out the Oberon Review’s footy tipping competition.
The money will be used to further develop the hugely popular vegetable garden.
Mr Toole said he decided the money won as a result of his top tips should remain in the Oberon community.
When he asked Oberon Public principal Bronwyn Ingersole to decide how it could be best used, she nominated the kitchen garden.
Mrs Ingersole said their kitchen garden is set to be planted out during the fourth term.
“The children do everything from scratch, from getting the garden beds ready for planting, raising the seedlings, nurturing the plants and best of all, getting to eat the fresh fruit and vegetables they’ve grown,” she said.
“It promotes healthy eating habits by being available free of charge during our fruit and vegie breaks and in the school canteen.
“We also put it in baskets out the front of the school for parents to take home of an afternoon when they pick up the kids.
“The $500 from Mr Toole couldn’t have come at a better time, so thanks to him and the Oberon Review for putting on the footy tipping competition for the local business community.”