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.
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Spring is here and the first blooms on the trees are already turning into fruit. Our peach, nectarine and plum trees are starting to be laden with fruit. Unfortunately it's been a big year for tree diseases like peach leaf curl and aphids. So there's been a bit of organic spray (Eco oil for aphids) on the trees to control the pest problem. We've also made some bug houses to encourage some predatory bugs into the garden.
Spring also means planning the summer garden. Students have been busy sowing and planting summer veggies. We've already got some potato and sweet potato in the beds. Next to come is the tomato, corn, pumpkin which are in the green house, some ready to plant in the next week or two. Some plants that we are sowing are capsicum, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, fennel, and dill.
Spring also brings a big growth of weeds. We are starting to see lots of weeds in our paths. As always we are seeking extra help with regards to caring for our very large garden so if you are available to volunteer please see Tarius on Monday or Thursday.