The Kitchen Garden Program aims to combat childhood obesity by giving a hands-on experience in healthy eating. By introducing children to healthy eating in a way that is fun and engaging, the Kitchen Garden Program helps children form life long healthy eating habits.
Classes participate in the program during years 3 and 4. Students work in the garden and kitchen on alternate weeks. Garden activities (one period every second week) include preparing and tending to garden beds, harvesting herbs, fruit and vegetables and learning about water conservation and environmental sustainability. Kitchen activities (two periods each alternate week) include planning and preparing a multi-course meal using, wherever possible, fresh ingredients harvested from the garden. At the end of each kitchen session, the students, their teacher, the kitchen specialist and parent helpers all sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labour together.
Program funding and additional fundraising enable us to employ two part-time specialists to support our kitchen garden activities. Sandra Evans is our kitchen garden specialist. Sandra has an amazing passion for food and gardening.
Daylesford Primary School’s Kitchen Garden Program is extremely lucky to have one of Australia’s best known chefs – Alla Wolf-Tasker, from the award winning Lake House Restaurant in Daylesford – as our Patron.
We’re always on the lookout for helpers to assist with classes in the garden and kitchen. If you’d like to help then please contact Jenni Thompson at the school or enquire at our front office.