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The Grow Your Own Lunchbox Challenge is on again! Local primary schools will be bringing their school kitchen garden harvests to the market and compete to create the yummiest, healthiest and most creative lunch. Come along and see some of the amazing things happening in our local school kitchen gardens!

Lunchbox Challenge!

The Grow Your Own Lunchbox Challenge is an initiative of the Mullumbimby Farmers’s Market. It is part of our ongoing commitment to educating the farmers of the future, and highlighting the importance of fresh, healthy, local food.

The event gives schools the opportunity to come together, share their kitchen garden story with each other and the wider community, and enjoy a little inter-school rivalry.

Participating schools compete in four categories:

  1. Box of Vegetables from the School Garden
  2. Preserved, Pickled or Dried Products
  3. Garden Fundraising Ideas
  4. Lunchbox Challenge

which sees groups of students given ten minutes to create a healthy lunchbox on the spot, using food sourced primarily from their garden.

Update: And the Winners Are…..

Seven schools took the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets’ second annual Grow Your Own Lunchbox Challenge in 2016, and our judges were blown away by the hard work, creativity and passion for growing and cooking they saw in each and every school.

A special thanks to our judges, Di Wilson, Rod Bruin, David Forrest and Allie Godfrey, and to our wonderful compere, Lissie Turner.

We were proud to give away almost $3000 in prizes which will go toward supporting the participating schools’ kitchen garden programs.

Lunchbox prizes went to:

Best main in lunchbox: Wilsons Creek Public School – Spinach and Herb Quiche

Best snack in lunchbox: Crabbes Creek Public School – Potato and Herb Soup

Best value added item in lunchbox: Shearwater Steiner School – Home made cheese, yoghurt and bread

Best drink: Ocean Shores Public School – Lemon myrtle drink.

Other prizes were:

Best weekly cooking program: Ocean Shores Public School

Best garden: Shearwater Public School

Best use of recycled materials in the garden: Main Arm Public School

Best new garden: Mullum Public School

Best knowledge and enterprise: The Pocket Public School

Best innovation in the garden: Wilsons Creek Public School

Best education program: Crabbes Creek (bee research)