Environmentality – 13th May 2016

On Environmentality today we spoke to Lina Schiafoni about her project ‘The Little Green Thumbs’ which involves running monthly gardening workshops with children at The Goonawarra Community Garden in Sunbury.

If you missed the program, you can listen to it here.


Lina has had an interest in gardening since she was young, being part of an Italian family growing fruit and vegetables has always been an important part of her life.

Her involvement in the Hume City Council Enviro Champions program last year allowed The Little Green Thumbs project to come to life. The Enviro Champions program provides support and information to Hume residents to help them implement community projects that have a positive environmental impact. Find out more on their website: http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Waste_Environment/Environment/Live_Green_-_Get_Involved/Enviro_Champions_2016.

Lina’s idea, The Little Green Thumb’s project is a monthly gardening club for children of all ages. The workshops take place at the Goonawarra Community Garden in Sunbury on the last Sunday of each month from 10am until 12pm. During the workshops the kids learn gardening skills, make lemonade and get to take home the plants they sow!

Lina’s project is growing and her passion for helping children learn and grow healthy food and vegetables has extended to providing support to other organisations. In the past year Lina has delivered gardening workshops to holiday programs, a range of festivals, science nights at local schools and to the girl guides.

Currently the funding for the Little Green Thumbs Project is coming out of Lina’s pocket. Lina is seeking sponsorship to improve the sustainability of the project. If you can provide any support or would like Lina to deliver a gardening workshop for your organisation please send her a message via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kids-in-the-Garden-Little-Green-Thumbs-460419067458522/info/?tab=overview.

Tune in next week, we will be speaking to our resident gardening expert, the lovely Jodi Jackson !

Music selection from today: Vance Joy, ‘Mess is Mine’; The Kooks, ‘Seaside’; The National, ‘Terrible Love’; The Cure, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’; Angus and Julia Stone, ‘Grizzly Bear’; and Kenny Garret, ‘Sing a Song of Songs’.

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