Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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The SAKGF Philosophy

  • The aim of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is to introduce pleasurable food education into as many Australian primary schools as possible.
  • Our Program emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food.
  • Dishes cooked reflect the vegetables, herbs and fruits grown, season-by-season, by the children in their organic gardens.
  • Our Kitchen Specialists and classroom teachers emphasise balance and moderation, and endorse the concept of preparing fruit-based desserts ‘sometimes' only.
  • The Program is designed to be fully integrated into the primary school curriculum as it offers infinite possibilities to reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and all aspects of environmental sustainability.
  • In addition, the Program delivers observable social benefits to all students, including those with special needs.

The SAKGF values our brand as a symbol of the delivery of a model food education program in all interested schools with a primary curriculum in Australia. Upholding consistency in the delivery of the Kitchen Garden Program is critical to realise the success and growth of the Program. As a member of the kitchen garden community, SAKGF requests that your school safeguard the use of the brand by delivering the Program as per the requirements and philosophy set out below,  always ensuring that the brand is only ever accompanied by messages or images reflecting the SAKGF philosophy. 

North Melbourne Primary School’s obligation to upholding the SAKGP philosophy                                                                

As a Kitchen Garden National Program School, we request that your school uphold the Program’s philosophy:

  • During garden and kitchen classes;
  • At school and fundraising events which use SAKGF branding (including all food items presented as representing the Foundation);
  • When your school is talking about the Program in newsletters or similar communications;
  • When your school otherwise uses the SAKGF branding.

Volunteer in the Kitchen or our Garden?

For further details on volunteering  click here.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program

As participants in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program, eight to twelve year-old children discover the pleasures of hands-on food education, through regular classes in a productive vegetable garden and a home-style kitchen classroom.

Students learn to build and maintain a garden according to organic principles, and to grow and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. An abundant vegetable garden is created within the school grounds to provide edible, aromatic and beautiful produce for the school kitchen. The creation and care of the garden teaches students about the natural world, its wonders and beauty and how to cultivate and care for it.

In our kitchen, students prepare a range of delicious dishes from the seasonal produce they’ve grown. The finished meal is arranged with pride and care on tables set with flowers from the garden. The shared meal is a time for students, specialists, teachers and volunteers to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and each other’s company and conversation.

The fundamental philosophy that underpins the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is that by setting good examples and engaging children’s curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds, one can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits.

Experiences in the kitchen and garden classes support and extend learnings across subjects such as English, maths, science, history and languages. Students learn to calculate, measure, analyse and articulate their experiences in a real-life context as they engage with new cultures through enticing flavours, leading to intercultural understanding.

An exciting SAKGP event

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is growing a food revolution from the ground up by changing the way children approach and think about food. Around 35,000 primary school children from more than 260 schools all around the country are enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Your school is now joining the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program 2012-2015 which has received continued funding from the Australian Government, to grow the Program to a further 400 additional schools. Key features of the more accessible, flexible and affordable National Program are subsidised Teacher Training and a Kitchen Garden Syllabus.

On Friday 13 March 2015, SAKGP chose our school to launch the announcement that the program had reached 800 schools. Click here to read about the event.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation supports schools by providing knowledge, skills and understanding of the Kitchen Garden Program and philosophy through training and professional development, printed and web-based resources, including webinars and an interactive forum. As the Kitchen Garden Schools become ever more far-reaching the Foundation is encouraging regional networking wherever possible.