Lalor Park Public School's gardening efforts are about to go supernova.
A working bee helped prepare the way for the four new garden beds at the school, which will be used to deliver lessons based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden model first to pupils in years 4 to 6, and eventually to all pupils.
Environmental co-ordinator Beverley Milne said cooking and gardening classes already operate for support unit students, who have tried fennel and fresh baked beetroot for the first time in class.
"We think it's really important for the children in our community to know where their food comes from and to develop a passion for growing, cooking and eating fresh, healthy food," she said.
"We're really excited."
With a garden club that operates three days each week, an expanded group of citrus trees planted, a Red Cross sponsored school breakfast club and the lettuce grown used in the school canteen, the focus is firmly on healthy eating.
Mrs Milne said the garden club gave children who felt out of place in the playground a place to go.
"It fills a need for some children," she said.
"They're drawn to the garden. When there we talk, they find it something valuable to do and they feel accepted."
See more pictures of children planting the garden at blacktownsun.com.au.