On Friday, 29th of August, 140 students descended on Croydon State School for the annual Junior Landcare Event - Gulf Kids Environment Day. 140 Students from Croydon, Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth and surrounds had a great day of hands on environmental activities in the garden!
Northern Gulf Resource Management Group and the Gulf Horizons Foundation coordinated the event which included sessions on permaculture, water saving in the garden, chickens, bush foods, insects in the garden, composting and building mini greenhouses.
The day opened with Guest Speaker Anthea Fawcett, from Remote Indigenous Gardens Network, encouraging everyone to grow and eat healthy food. Students then broke off into groups for different sessions. Some of the highlights were eating mealy bugs coated in chocolate, cooking Vietnamese spring rolls, fruit sticks and smoothies and meeting hens Coco and Peaches!
Each child took home a Mini Greenhouse herb kit and sample bags full of goodies, from Northern Gulf Resource Management Group and Bendigo Bank. The day was a celebration and included a picnic morning tea, sausage sizzle lunch and a Gulf Kids Environment Cake.
The event has been made possible through the Caring for Our Country Community Environment Grant with support from the Croydon Shire Council, Croydon State School, Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Ravenshoe-Gulf Country Community Bank - Bendigo Bank, Bunnings Atherton, and the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network.