The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program offers students from Years 3 – 7 the opportunity for hands on learning. Students have Garden and Kitchen Lessons that involve teams of students working together:
- planting and harvesting in the garden and
- preparing food they have grown in the kitchen and eating the end product
By the time students finish Year 7 it is expected they will be confident in garden and kitchen work areas, safe users of garden tools and kitchen implements and can work effectively in a team.
The fundamental philosophy underpinning 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.
By embracing Stephanie’s philosophies we can provide a unique opportunity that encourages children to make the right choices for life. Small hands competently chop, mix, roll, shape, bake and stir. Children serve their food with pride and sit down to eat at the table they have laid beautifully and decorated with flowers from the garden. Here we learn ordinary life skills that can make a big difference.
Clare Bruce, Kitchen Specialist