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Growing a habit

Peter Warrick

Peter Warrick’s children have no problems eating their vegies.
They’ve helped to grow them and just love consuming the fruits of their labours.
Peter, who lives in Horsham with wife Jacqueline and sons Heath, 2, Mitchell, 4, and Nathan, 6, believes his backyard vegetable garden is much more than a hobby.
It is a way to teach good eating habits in his whole family.
“We want them to grow up knowing what healthy food is and where it comes from,” Peter said.
“I see so many children eating highly processed food and not realising that it is unhealthy,” he said.
Peter grew up on a farm eating home grown vegetables, which provided a rich understanding on healthy food, and he wanted to give his children the same opportunity.
He has managed to keep his garden alive in the past dry years, using mulch, good soil and umbrellas for shade and has made bucket watering a family affair.
Peter will be among four speakers at a Grey Matters forum Creating Wimmera’s Bountiful Garden, this Sunday afternoon as part of the Art Is… Tasty festival.
Keynote speaker will be renowned chef and community garden advocate Stephanie Alexander.
Stephanie, whose large cookbook is a staple in many Wimmera kitchens, will talk about her successful Kitchen Gardens project.
She will also open North Horsham’s Community Garden Project earlier in the day.
Gymbowen farmer Nick Gabbe will talk about how his family has embraced some traditional “vegie garden” concepts across their large dryland cropping farm.
Nick, who farms with his father and two brothers, is working on putting more biology back into his soils and reducing his input costs.
Brian Kearns from DPI Horsham will outline just what grows in the Wimmera’s agricultural garden and where all the produce goes in Australia and around the world.
The free forum starts at 4pm in May Park this Sunday. BYO chair or rug.

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Posted on Mar 26 2009

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