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The Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program has been implemented in a variety of school settings throughout Australia. The Rawa Community School at Punmu Aboriginal Community in north-west Western Australia stands out as the most remote kitchen garden school.
The nearest town to Punmu is Port Hedland 640 km away by road. Temperatures range from zero in winter to over 50°C in summer and there is almost no rainfall. Staff of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, and representatives from the WA Education and Health Departments and non-profit organisations such as Foodbank WA, recently visited the Mardu people at Punmu to learn from the unique challenges they face in delivering food education to their students.
Foundation staff helped the school's children expand their garden beds, plant trees and sow seeds to help boost the supply of produce for them to cook in their regular kitchen classes. Foodbank WA also led cooking sessions using ingredients from the community store. There are plans to develop a bushtucker garden with the support of community Elders, whose knowledge of local food sources, seed collection and storytelling will help the youth of Punmu to re-engage with their heritage and community.
Source: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
PO Box 104
Abbotsford Vic 3067
Ph: (03) 8415 1993
Fax: (03) 8625 0054