SAG logo.pngPleasurable food education – skills for learning, skills for life
 
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is growing a food revolution from the ground up!
 
We are changing the way children approach and think about food. All around the country, children are enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
 
The fundamental philosophy that underpins the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is that by setting good examples and engaging children’s curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds, we can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits.

The revolution rumbled into action in 2001, when renowned cook and food writer
Stephanie Alexander OAM joined forces with an inner-Melbourne school community to establish the Kitchen Garden Program at Collingwood College. Stephanie’s pioneering approach to food education is now flourishing in many schools, through the support of  Australian national and state government funding.

Kitchen Garden Schools commit to a dynamic and innovative model that sees kitchen and garden classes run weekly, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum.
 
As participants in the Kitchen Garden Program, eight to twelve year-old children spend time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen each and every week. There they learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.
 
The diversity of locations of Kitchen Garden Schools – from Coober Pedy in the outback, to Alawa in the tropics, to beachside Bondi – means that each school community has its own challenges and successes. But all are united in their passion to bring the benefits of food education to their students.
Stephanie says...
 
'This is real scrape-the-bowl and
dirt-under-the-fingernails learning
and the kids love it!'
 
At Flinders Island District High School, every Monday and Tuesday is Kitchen Garden Time! Our students in year 3/4 and year 5/6 don their gardening gloves, get their shovels out of the garden shed and spend from 10am till lunch time with Jon Hizzard, our garden specialist and a band of volunteers, taking care of the school veggie garden beds and then harvesting the produce in preparation for creating their lunch with Jana Harper, our kitchen specialist.
 
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Ready for our Salad of Imagination!
 
The class teachers, together with the volunteers, work with this group to maintain the gardens and assist in the kitchen and by lunch time, all involved sit down in the school dining room to enjoy the wonderful meal which they have produced. In 2012, the Salad of Imagination has been a definite winner!!!
 
In conjunction with this program, the school has planted a fruit grove and has also developed an olive grove which provided us in 2011 with our first olive oil and tasty olives for pizzas. We have plans to further develop this side of our farm so that we can offer a Certificate in Horticulture for secondary students who are interested.
 
Our School Olive Grove.
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