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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden


Elizabeth Downs Primary School is a demonstration school for the nationally accredited Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.  

We have been involved in this program since 2008. We have very well planned and productive garden and chooks. The food including eggs are used extensively in the kitchen program. All students participate in this program and it is very much valued by the whole school community. We have staff from other sites visiting our programs.

Some of the goals from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden Program include:

  • 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.

Stephanie Alexander says:

'I believe absolutely in the importance and power of the shared table. In many cultures, eating together around a table is the centre of family life.
It is the meeting place, where thoughts are shared, ideas challenged, news is exchanged and where the participants leave the table
restored in many ways.'


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