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The Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program aims to provide positive and memorable food experiences to primary school children by teaching them how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
The program is run in a variety of school settings across Australia, having now been implemented in over 600 schools nation wide. The program emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food. Dishes cooked reflect the vegetables, herbs and fruits grown by the children in their organic gardens, with the importance of healthy balance and moderation being highlighted by instructors.
The program is designed to be fully integrated into the primary school curriculum as it offers possibilities to reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and all aspects of environmental sustainability.
Schools implementing the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program are supported through a range of varying national and state government funding opportunities. In addition to these part-funding opportunities, schools are expected to contribute the balance to run the Program from their own resources and community networks.
There are many Indigenous schools participating in the program; the first two were Rawa Community School at Punmu Aboriginal Community and Wiluna Remote Community School in remote Western Australia.
Abstract adapted from Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
PO Box 104
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Ph: (03) 8415 1993