GARDENING guru Costa Georgiadis inked some wise words on the celebrity guest register at Alligator Creek State School.
"You are what you eat, so grow compost and eat sunshine from your garden," he wrote with a blue felt-tipped pen.
Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association recently had the pleasure of hosting guest speaker Mr Georgiadis - the star of the ABC's Gardening Australia - when he visited three Sarina schools.
Mr Georgiadis entertained and educated students, teachers and parents during assemblies at the Alligator Creek and St Anne's primary schools.
During his speech he touched on the topics of the importance of biodiversity in gardening and healthy food choices.
During tours of the schools, Mr Georgiadis gave advice on how each school could integrate its chickens and local food production with their already sustainable practices of recycling waste, compost and worm farms.
During the day, Mr Georgiadis also visited the Sarina Rural Skills Centre, where agricultural department teacher's assistant Frank Langfield gave a tour of the centre to showcase the innovative sustainable-farming practices being undertaken by students.
The two men were then joined by students from Years 8 to 12 who displayed their prize-winning chickens and exhibited their chemical-free vegetable gardens.
An afternoon "meet and greet" at the Rural Skills Centre provided local teachers and community members with an opportunity to tour the facility and rub shoulders with Mr Georgiadis over nibbles and cold refreshments.
Sustainable Schools facilitator Marjorie Ross also attended the school tours. She works closely with local Landcare groups and community organisations to assist schools in the region to implement sustainable practices, and will pass on valuable knowledge gained during the day to local schools.
Other highlights of Mr Georgiadis's tour last Friday included visits to the Hay Point viewing platform, the SLCMA office, Sarina Community Native Gardens and Apex Park.