Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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Produce from the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Produce from the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria [©Mornington Peninsula Tourism]

Produce from the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Seasonal vegetables
Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Week includes a full program of children's events

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation was established to promote healthy eating in primary schools, and to encourage children to learn about growing and eating fruit and vegetables. The first Kitchen Garden Program was established at Collingwood College, Victoria.

The aim of the Kitchen Garden Program is pleasurable food education for young children. The underlying belief is that by introducing a holistic approach we have a chance to positively influence children's food choices in ways that have not been tried before.

A Kitchen Garden is created to provide edible, aromatic and beautiful resources for a kitchen. The creation and care of a Kitchen Garden teaches children about the natural world, about its beauty and how to care for it, how best to use the resources we have, and an appreciation for how easy it is to bring joy and wellbeing into one's life through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal produce.

Children across Years 3 to 6 spend a minimum of 40 minutes a week in an extensive vegetable garden which they have helped design, build and maintain on the school grounds according to organic gardening principles. They also spend one and a half hours each week in a kitchen classroom preparing and sharing a wonderful variety of meals created from their produce.

In both the kitchen and the garden the children work together in small groups with the assistance of community volunteers. The finished dishes are arranged with pride and care on tables set with flowers from the garden, and the shared meal is a time for students, helpers, teachers and specialists to enjoy each other's company and conversation.

 

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