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Little Growers - Story time in the garden Project

Thursday, 21 September 2023

Little Growers was a joint initiative between Bellarine Community Health (BCH) and Geelong Regional Libraries Corporation (GRLC), developed as a pilot project to engage preschool children with exploring healthy sustainable food.

The program includes an outdoor Story Time in the Garden facilitated by a GRLC librarian, followed by a hands-on Get into the Garden activity facilitated by a Health Promotion practitioner and/or preschool staff. 

Initially trialled at the Youth Guerrilla Garden, a youth-focused community garden, located behind Ocean Grove Library, the program was then promoted to Northern Bellarine-based preschool settings where Portarlington Preschool engaged as the second trial site.

The pilot reached 84 children through 5 collaborative Little Growers Story time sessions and 1 additional workshop. 

Findings revealed a strong appetite from families and early years settings for programs which provide opportunities for children to connect with nature, engage with growing food, and creative ways to try new foods/veggies.

Due to the success of the program, Little Growers will continue to be delivered in Preschool settings within the Northern Bellarine by BCH with support from GRLC.

Read the full report on the project here.