Take the pumpkin challenge

Junior Landcare representative Sheena Martin said the average Australian basket of groceries has travelled over 70,000km in 'food miles' from the paddock to your plate, which is why it's good to buy local or grow your own.

To help kids everywhere learn about food miles, gardening and healthy eating, the Junior Landcare Pumpkin Challenge has been launched.

Any kids who sign up will be sent a free packet of pumpkin seeds from Yates and will compete to grow the biggest pumpkin over a period of several months. To help with their mission, they are guided by tips on how to grow organically and sustainably.

Participants are also required to log on monthly to register the weight of their pumpkin, upload a photo and comment on how their pumpkin progress is going.

“Kids are more environmentally conscious than ever before, and our research shows that over 90% of kids want to be involved in practical landcare projects at school, which says great things about the next generation of landcarers,” Ms Martin said. “The Pumpkin Challenge is a great way for schools to introduce Junior Landcare principles to students and have some fun too.”

The Pumpkin Challenge follows on from the highly successful Junior Landcare Watermelon Challenge in 2008, which 15-year-old Alexandra Briton of Parkes, NSW, take out the top honours with her 20kg whopper which even made it to Sydney's Royal Easter Show!

Registration closes on October 16. Anyone under 16, schools or youth-oriented groups like Scouts can enter. Prizes will be awarded to the winning individual and school/group.

To register visit www.juniorlandcare challenge.com.


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