With the majority of American children at least two generations removed from the farm, it is common for them to think their food originates at the grocery store. Or even worse, they may think it comes from a fast food restaurant. The Farm to School program was established to help battle this misperception and to help children connect and appreciate the food they eat. According to the National Farm to School Network, Farm to School is “a program that connects K-12 schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in schools, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.” Recently, a Farm to School Kick-off was held in Monroe. Teachers, Master Gardeners, concerned parents and farmers all gathered to share what they are doing to address the issue. Activities occurring in Walton County range from school gardens, nutrition education, Boys and Girls Club programs, farm tours as well as 4-H and FFA activities. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high in our country, and Farm to School programs show an impact by introducing fresh fruits and vegetable to children in a fun and interactive way. When children participate in the actual growing of their food, they are much more likely to eat it. School gardens are becoming a proven method to introduce certain math, social studies, language arts, science and health concepts to students. Rick Huszagh and Crista Carrell of Down to Earth Energy feel so strongly about the initiative, they donated a trailer filled with garden tools to be used by schools and community groups who want to teach others how to grow their own food. Christy Bowman, principal at Harmony Elementary School, has a dream of reconnecting her students back to the earth by developing “Harmony Farms” on the school property. Master Gardener Rosemarie Sells is using pottery and journal writing to introduce children to the world of food production. Local organic vegetable producer Clay Brady of Foster Brady Farms is willing to speak at schools about the life of a farmer or offer field trips to his farm.To bring awareness to these efforts, October has been named National Farm to School month. Think about how you can take part. If you have gardening skills, volunteer to help in your child’s school garden, sign up to read a farm-related book to students at a local school, visit a local farmers market, plant a cool season vegetable garden at home, pledge to pack more fresh fruits and vegetables in your child’s lunch box, or visit a local farm to pick a pumpkin. To learn more ways to celebrate Farm to School month, go to www.farmtoschoolmonth.org.
Bruce Goddard, the director of Place Projects, said that although developers remained reasonably positive there would no doubt be a drop in inquiries. However, those they did receive were solid leads.“Any inquiries we are getting in these conditions is a quality inquiry, there’s no flippant buyers,” Mr Goddard said.“It’s an opportune time to come in, with fewer buyers in the market, low interest rates and stock market issues,” Mr Goddard said.He said Australian property was appealing to the offshore market, especially among expatriates, who consider home soil as a good place to come back to. Developers will carry on with projects under construction such as Queens Wharf where a multimillion dollar penthouse sold this week. Photo: AAP/David Clark“We are affordable for the offshore market and developers are taking advantage of that,” Mr Goddard said.Peter Chittenden, managing director of residential at Colliers International, said that on a national level the company has had a sharp increase in online inquiries, but foot traffic had dropped.He said that the appetite for investment in residential apartments remained, and people were still selling, but the employment issue was a concern for many. “The reality is that anyone who bought during the GFC and 9/11 events saw that after three years the market lifted and they were rewarded. It didn’t happen immediately.”He agreed there was renewed interest from the offshore marrket, an increase of up to 15 per cent, from buyers wanting to take advantage of the exchange rate.NGU Corp property developer Emil Juresic said he still had properties under construction.His latest development, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot will be launched to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Mr Juresic said: “A lot of developers are full-steam ahead with projects, but they see a three to five-month hurdle in front of them. We hope by that time coronavirus will be gone.“You don’t build in one month, it takes time,” he said. “I don’t think (COVID-19) will have a massive impact on development at this stage. “But yes, developers will be more cautious because we don’t know how long these times of uncertainty will last. We don’t know what we are dealing with.”Despite this, Mr Juresic said he was about to kick off two new development schemes.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We will keep building and selling, but how much we expose ourselves in borrowing and the risks we take is still unfolding.”Tony Pennisi, the owner of Hub Projects Beenleigh, said he has received a growing number of inquiries for acreage blocks over the past couple of weeks. There has been a spike is in interest in acreages such as those at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba by the developer Terry McKinnon.Mr Pennisi, who is marketing lots at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba, attributed the spike of inquiries to COVID-19, saying people were keen to find either vacant land or a house on a large block of land. “People are definitely keen to put space between themselves and their neighbours. Self-isolation makes people think about the important things in life and being confined in suburbia is not their focus now,” Mr Pennisi said.“Acreage gives people more options for a self-sufficient lifestyle, where families can live in larger homes. They can grow food and have space to park their boat or caravans on the block or build a bigger shed.”He said a lot of the inquiries were from the greater Brisbane area and mostly via Facebook and their website. Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said their contractors were onsite and working safely and tirelessly to progress the construction of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. “Our workforce is strictly following government guidelines, but otherwise its business as usual as concrete continues to be poured onsite to build the basements of the integrated resort,” Mr Crooks said.“Interest in the residences remains strong and following government guidelines we have introduced additional measures such as adopting a one appointment only at a time at our display suite.” QLD property industry adapts to new ways of buying and selling amid COVID-19 crisis NGU Corp’s new-build project, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot, will launch to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Brisbane developers are lapping up opportunities to sell new homes and off-the-plan apartments, particularly to offshore buyers, before the COVID-19 crisis takes full effect.A multimillion-dollar penthouse was sold last week at Queens Wharf Residences and inquiries have been strong from multi-generational families looking to build a “family compound”. MORE CORONAVIRUS NEWS: Millions in home sales as virtual reality auctions kick off What next for our housing market?