STEPHANIE ALEXANDER KITCHEN GARDEN PROGRAM
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Altona Meadow Primary School introduces healthy and enjoyable food preparation to Australian primary students.
The Program also links the kitchen table to the garden by involving the students in the growing and harvesting of fresh, seasonal herbs, vegetables and fruits that are directly used in the meals that they prepare.
Each fortnight, students across Years 3 to 6 spend a minimum of 60 minutes in the garden, and 90 minutes in the kitchen preparing and sharing meals created from their produce. The program employs kitchen and garden specialist staff members to run these sessions.
Created in conjunction with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the program aims to positively influence our students' food choices’.
The Program supports the primary school curriculum through reinforcement of English, Mathematics, Science, culture and environmental sustainability. In addition, the Program delivers observable social benefits to all students, including those with special needs.
We greatly appreciate the support and assistance of our many volunteers. Without them, the program could not run. New volunteers are always welcome.
*A free Volunteer Working with Children Check is required which can be organised through your local post office or online.
Marilenghi: Cooking At HOME
Welcome to Cooking at Home with Marilena. While we stayed safe at home during COVID lockdown, our wonderful kitchen specialist provided recipes and instructions for you all to do at home. See below for the delicious recipes that were provided.
If you follow the recipes shown here you can keep busy and help your parents out at the same time.
Before you start, remember to be safe in the kitchen.
I’ve included some links and information down the side of this page. Review with your parents before you start.
Welcome to AMPS Garden 2021
This term students will work hard with harvesting because autumn is all about harvest! After a very wet summer we have a lot of weeding to look forward to. Grade 3/4s will be learning about taking care of our chooks and how to make compost. They will be the leaders in reminding the school about our compost buckets for food scraps so we have rich and healthy compost. Grade 5 has the very responsible task of garden design and planting out our winter garden beds (the oval beds closest to the BER building). The Grade 6s will be responsible for the fruit trees. We had a bumper crop of raspberries that have come to an end and the Grade 6s will be responsible for the hard pruning of the canes- ready for next season.
Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden were the regional winners for the Victorian School Garden Awards in 2020. They just loved our edible garden. We received $300 to spend at participating local nurseries.
The heritage chooks are all named:
Check out the names or our 3 bantam chooks (2 new ones came last year) and 5 other heritage hens. Our Isa Brown missed out during the naming competition so she’s just “Brownie”. Our chooks are friendly and Ginger especially loves a cuddle which our Grade 3/4 students are happy to provide on the gardening day they have chicken duty.
The garden harvest is for the students to cook in the kitchen. Please no picking fruit or vegetables from our garden and remind students to show respect to our garden by not damaging plants and be safe by not running in the garden.