July 25, 2017

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is a pleasurable food education program that was started in 2015 at Sutton to compliment the new kitchen. This program is operating in hundreds of schools throughout Australia.

Kitchen and garden classes are part of the curriculum and in 2016 will be held weekly in terms 1 and 2 for years 4/5 and Term 4 for years 2/3. Students participate with physical work in small groups to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

We have two teachers as our Kitchen and Garden Teachers; Mrs Frame and Mrs Doran.

Parent, grandparent or friend volunteers are needed to facilitate small group work. The more volunteers we have the better the delivery of the program. Volunteers work with children in the kitchen and garden, or could come in at other times to help.

Philosophy

  • Practical learning occurs in small groups that are hands-on and assisted by volunteers.
  • Students learn by repeating fundamental skills, for example chopping an onion or harvesting a vegetable.
  • We persuade by doing – the Program models positive and pleasurable behaviour, and does not use terminology surrounding obesity, healthiness etc.
  • At the end of each kitchen class, adults sit with children to share the food prepared.

As the program develops at Sutton we hope to engage students regularly with activities in the garden and kitchen and encourage them to taste and learn about healthy, delicious fresh food so they will grow to enjoy eating healthy, fresh, and seasonal flavours. By participating actively they will learn more about the natural world and how it relates to them living healthy lives.

Recipes

Tomato and Basil Sauce

Tomato Tart

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Simple Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Beetroot

Roast Pumpkin Salad

Poached Pears

Poached Apples

Fried Rice

Cucumber Relish

Chinese Greens

Carrot and Zucchini Croquettes

Hummus

Labne with Herbs

Roast Vegetables

Spinach Pokoras

Steamed Corn

Stuffed Squash

Tomato Salad