Saturday, 10 March 2012

Kitchen Garden Project

Our school has a wonderful Kitchen Garden Project that is run with the Prep classes.

The Kitchen Garden Foundation in Australia was set up by Stephanie Alexander, an Australia cook and restaurateur, and is an innovative way to get kids involved in learning healthy habits for life.  You can find out more information from their website here at Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project

"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 growharvestprepare and share fresh, seasonal food."

Vegetable gardens at the Prep School

Basically the program is about getting kids out in the garden to learn how to plant and nurture herbs and vegetables, harvest and prepare them for eating.  They are learning about healthy eating habits that will stay with them for life. 

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Yesterday at our local school the 'Kitchen Garden Project' committee held a market stall to raise money for the project and to also sell some of their lovely produce.  I bought some herb and vegetable seedlings and a lovely box of fruit and vegetables.  Oh, and I think a lamington might have slipped in there for morning tea too :)

Fruit and Veggie boxes on sale at the Kitchen Garden Staff

Bake Sale
These pineapples in the photo below have been growing for 2 years and are just now producing their first fruits.  You can grow pineapples by planting the cut off tops into good soil, you just have to be patient for them to bear fruit, but they make an attractive garden plant in the meanwhile.

Pineapples growing in the Prep Garden

Worm Farm
Our Prep garden also has a worm farm which would help the children to learn about good soil and poor soil and the preparation required in producing healthy crops.

Herbs and Veggies for sale

You can see more about our schools Kitchen Garden Project on their website at  where you can get tips on gardening, hear about the 'vegetable of the month' and find great recipes.  This year they produced a wonderful recipe book that was also sold to raise money to help fund this project and help our kids. 

I really enjoyed having a look around and taking these photos to share with you.


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