Kitchen Garden

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

What is it?

This program is designed to introduce children to the joy and benefits of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing good food. Back in 2008, the Department of Education and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation allocated funding to 20 schools to participate in this program and Altona Green Primary School was one of three successful schools from the Western Suburbs.


Around 100,000 children at 800 schools across Australia are now learning the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal food as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program.

What happens at our school?

There are four integral parts to the Kitchen Garden program – growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food. We have timetabled into the curriculum a regular gardening and cooking session for each Year 3/4 and 5/6 class.

What are the benefits for our students?

The program will :

  • Provide a strong positive healthy lifestyle message and practical strategies for life long healthy living choices. Allow interesting physical activity whilst working in the garden.
  • Enhance learning in a practical environment – measuring, weights, following instructions and vocabulary and language skills.
  • Build self-esteem, confidence and a sense of achievement and improved social skills. By working with and tasting new things, we hope to build acceptance and value other cultures.
  • Allow our children to work with and value volunteer

Will my child miss out on other areas of learning?

Children participating in this program will not be missing out on the more traditional curriculum areas of English and Maths – this program will tackle those areas within the learning processes.

How can parents and the community be involved?

There are many opportunities for parents, grandparents, friends and the wider community to become involved. Children will be working in small groups of about 5-6 children in both the garden and kitchen classes. Each of these groups will be working with an adult volunteer. We will be seeking help with donations to the program and ongoing community support. If you have any ideas we welcome suggestions and discussion.

How can you help?

  • Sign up to volunteer at working bees
  • Sign up to volunteer in kitchen and garden sessions
  • Make a donation

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Recipes

Click on the links below to view the recipes.