Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
What is the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden?
Stephanie Alexander has a vision that pleasurable food education is accessible to every Australian school with a primary curriculum. Majura Primary School is proud to be the ACT demonstration school for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation takes a revolutionary approach to food education focusing on pleasure, flavour and fun via the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The recipe for effective food education:
- Encourage fun, flavour and texture through experiences that engage all the senses.
- Model good food choices without resorting to pyramids or labels of 'healthy' or 'unhealthy'.
- Reinforce techniques repeatedly, providing the confidence to plant seeds or cook simple dishes at home.
- Plan menus around the fresh, seasonal produce growing in the garden.
- Use ingredients at their peak - seasonal herbs, crisp veggies, fresh fruits.
- Expand culinary horizons, presenting cultural differences as fascinating rather than strange.
- Expand vocabularies for describing foods, flavours, textures, plants and processes.
- Food should be delicious and the cooking of fresh fruit and vegetables should be timed with great care.
- Come together at the end of the cooking to share our meal around the table.
How does it work at Majura Primary?
At Majura all students from K-6 have the opportunity to participate in this program. A weekly session is allocated in the term timetable with different year levels attending each term. The sessions are week about, either in the garden or in the kitchen. Parent volunteers are encouraged to come and assist in order to get the most out of each session.
For more information please visit the Majura Kitchen Garden website.