SOME 50 children flexed their green fingers by taking part in an assortment of activities during the Organic Young Farmers programme at Gurney Plaza, Penang.
The five main activities were organic farming game, vegetable naming, flower pot decorating, vegetable sandwich-making and organic planting.
Participant Lim Pei Xin, nine, dug her hands into the garden soil at the organic planting station. She made her own potted plant.
“Gardening is interesting.
“I used to think that soil is dirty and did not like touching it before.
“But, now that I tried my hand at growing plants in small pots, I do not think the same way anymore.
“Our food grows from the soil, and I think it is fascinating,” she said at the recent event.
Another participant, Ang Li Xuan, nine, made her own sandwich at the vegetable sandwich-making station.
She said the event was interesting as it allowed them to have a free hand.
“I love the sandwich-making session the most, as we get to eat the food and make our own sandwiches.
“I especially love tomatoes, and I got to put a lot of them in my sandwiches,” she added.
The event, organised by the Gurney Village Community Management Council (MPKK), saw children aged between seven and 12 taking part in the activities carried out at five stations.
Organic Young Farmers programme organiser Ooi Su Ching said the event was held to cultivate gardening skills and to teach the children about plants.
“Teaching them to grow plants, cultivate them and take care of them is just like teaching them about life’s responsibilities.
“These are all important values we hope they will learn, and we hope they will get involved in outdoor activities like gardening.
“This is because children nowadays do not spend much time outdoors. So, we hope to expose them to an activity that is beneficial and educational,” she said.
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee said he sponsored RM4,000 for the event.
“We hope to have similar events in the future to help children learn something new and to engage in useful activities as such,” he said.