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Special Programs > Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is growing a food revolution from the ground up!

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 grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

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, we can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits.

The revolution rumbled into action in 2001, when renowned cook and food writer Stephanie Alexander OAM joined forces with an inner-Melbourne school community to establish the Kitchen Garden Program at Collingwood College. Stephanie’s pioneering approach to food education is now flourishing in many schools, with more to come through ongoing Australian national and state government funding.

Kitchen Garden Schools commit to a dynamic and innovative model that sees kitchen and garden classes run weekly, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum.

As participants in the Kitchen Garden Program, our year 3 to 7 students spend time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen each and every week. There they learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.


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Tasting the food is the best part of the lesson.


This ghee rice was delicious.

Cabbage has never tasted this...

We're ready to eat these...

I've never seen yoghurt used...

Making roti is fun!

Pumpkin Curry from Sri Lanka