Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Yesterday I received a call from a local Primary School asking if I'd like to be involved with designing a kitchen garden project for their school. They have received a grant from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Foundation which means they will be setting up a vegetable garden and kitchen for young children to learn about growing and cooking fresh, organic food. This fabulous concept is the creation of Australian chef and author Stephanie Alexander.

Here are the aims and philosophy of the program ( extract from their website ) :

The aim of the Kitchen Garden Program is pleasurable food education for young children.The underlying belief is that by introducing this holistic approach we have a chance to positively influence children’s food choices in ways that have not been tried before.A Kitchen Garden is created to provide edible, aromatic and beautiful resources for a kitchen.The creation and care of a Kitchen Garden teaches children about the natural world, about its beauty and how to care for it, how best to use the resources we have, and an appreciation for how easy it is to bring joy and wellbeing into one’s life through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal produce.

I'm really excited about the prospect of being involved. I have a meeting with the school on Monday morning so I'll keep you posted on whether I get the job. Here is my little garden and kitchen helper who at the age of two is already very interested in both of these activities.


  1. Claire, it is wonderful! What a great idea to educate children about food from such an early age! They will enjoy it, I am sure. And what a cute helper you have in your own kitchen!

  2. What a great opportunity! I hope you get the job (and blog about it.)

    On our Master Gardener's gardenwalk in 2007 we had a school garden on the tour and it was by far the most popular stop. I think everyone finds this idea inspiring.

  3. Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be involved with this project. They have limited funding that won't stretch to design. It's a shame because the other school's kitchen gardens in the Eastern States have plans on the website