What is a kitchen garden?

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program has four major components which involves the students in the growing, harvesting, preparing, sharing and learning about food.

By encouraging the students through the process of the program the students will experience positive experiences that can lead them to a lifetime habit of healthy eating.

Stephanie Alexander believes passionately that young children will develop lasting positive attitudes to a wide range of foods, with consequent long-term health benefits, if they are introduced to them at an early age in a pleasurable non-judgmental way. 

The Vision

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation exists to develop life-long healthier and 

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happier eating habits in a new generation of Australians.

The Foundation promotes healthy lifestyles through greater physical activity and nutritious eating, and by addressing the rising prevalence of childhood obesity and diabetes.

The creation and care of a Kitchen Garden teaches children about the beauty of the natural world, how to care for it and how to use its resources. The kitchen garden program will give children an appreciation for how easy it is to bring joy and well being into 

    one's life through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh seasonal produce.

    There are two unique factors about the Kitchen Garden Program. The first is the intrinsic link between the garden, the 

    kitchen and the table. The second factor is that the Program is embedded in the curriculum as a compulsory part of the school's program for seven years of a child's primary school life.

    The Benefits

    Working in the garden is a physical activity.

    Experience in the kitchen not only introduces children to new foods and recipes but also provides them with skills such as using a knife safely and effectively or managing hot stoves and saucepans. They learn that new experiences can be rewarding and their self esteem, confidence and sense of achievement is enhanced as they learn to work cooperatively, share resources, respect each other, see teachers in a different learning environment, gain enjoyment working in the garden and the kitchen. Children will learn to measure, calculate and problem solve, expand their vocabulary and language skills and learn about new foods and cultures.

    The Children

    • expend physical energy working in the garden
    • learn new language to describe food, plants, textures and flavours
    • use maths to measure and weigh
    • discover the pleasure of the shared table
    • learn to work as part of a team
    • develop greater self confidence
    • gain awareness of cultural differences
    • develop awareness of the environment and plant diversity
    • develop the skills to prepare a three course meal
    • learn time management and organisational skills

      Recipes

    Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes

    Apple and Cinnamon Pikelets

    Apple and Cinnamon popcorn

    Apple Slice

    Baked Parmesan Carrot Fries

    Basic Tarte Tatin

    Beetroot and Chocolate Muffins

    Beetroot Dip - Egyptian Roasted

    Berry Pancake Tray Bake

    Broccoli Pesto Pasta

    Bruschetta

    Caramelised Stone Fruit

    Cheese and Chives Dip

    Cheese Straws with Parmesan and Rosemary

    Classic Tomato Spaghetti

    Creamy Dill Dip

    DIY Pizza

    DIY Sushi

    French Toast with Berry Compote

    Fruit Salad

    Golden Oat Biscuits

    Grain Salad

    Herb Cheese and Onion Twists

    Leek, Lemon and Herb Risotto

    Lemon and Lime Honey Cakes

    Mini Pasties

    Orange and Coconut Biscuits

    Orange Blender Cupcakes

    Oven Baked Spring Rolls

    Pasta and Basil Pesto

    Pasta with no-cook pasta sauce

    Pea and Parmesan Dip

    Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Chive Dressing

    Pretzels

    Quick Tomato Chutney

    Rainbow Fried Rice

    Ratatouille

    Roasted Beetroot Dip

    Rocket and Roast Pumpkin Salad

    Salad of the Imagination

    Seasonal Fruit Muffins

    Silverbeet Dip

    Summer Quinoa Salad

    Vietnamese Cold Rolls

    Warm Sweetcorn Dip

    Warrigal Greens and Cheese Triangles

    Warrigal Greens Dip

    Zucchini Chop Chip Cookies

    Zucchini, Lemon and Bacon Pasta

    Zucchini Parmesan Mini Fritters