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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

North Arm State School has been operating a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for the last 10 years. It is a wonderful pleasurable food education program that teaches Australian children positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning. The SAKG program is:

Pleasurable

It's fun! Kitchen and garden learning stimulates the senses, keeping students engaged and wanting more.

Food

It's about healthy habits for life! Students learn to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs and prepare delicious, nutritious, real food.

Education

It's feeding hungry minds! Students dig into hands-on experiences that are linked to their academic learning.

The students grow, harvest, prepare and share food together.

A word from our Garden Specialist (Jane Little)

The North Arm State School Stephanie Alexander garden provides a garden as a natural, sustainable resource which provides curricular, social and emotional benefits to pupils. Through their interaction in the garden the students will learn: how to handle tools; life cycles of plants and insects; indigenous, medicinal and edible foods in our ecosystem, about recycling, maintaining soils and so much more. It has been proven that involving students in a school garden will benefit them greatly, including:

  • Greater scientific knowledge and understanding
  • Increased awareness of the seasons and understanding of food production
  • Development of physical and fine motor skills
  • Development of a sense of responsibility
  • A positive attitude to healthy food choices
  • Improvements in emotional well-being
 
So pop into the garden and say hi! We always welcome volunteers and greatly appreciate any help that is offered to us. As quoted by Marcus Tsullius Cicero...
 
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need"

A word from our Kitchen Specialist (Liz McColl)

In the North Arm State School Stephanie Alexander kitchen students participate in a 80 minute kitchen lesson and cook amazing meals and often will share and cook the recipes with their parents. All recipes can be found at the link at the bottom of this page. Some of the elements students are learning whilst in the kitchen include:

  • Etiquette: table setting, table manners, serving food to others, eating and talking with classmates
  • Culture/history of certain foods and cultures e.g. Bunya nuts and Aborigines
  • Maths: dividing up dough, portioning, addition, subtraction, measuring
  • Literacy: reading and interpreting recipes, procedural genre
  • Working in groups/teams: cooking and cleaning up
  • Hygiene: personal (hands, hair) and kitchen (cleaning), cooking for others
  • Safety: different safe techniques for particular foods that re used in industry
  • Skill: knife, dough, mixing, folding, kneading, dicing, slicing
  • Nutrition: of ingredients e.g. Bunya nuts are low in fat and high in carbohydrates compared with tree nuts
  • Seasonality of foods: preserving, nutritional and economical value
  • Independence and self-esteem: being able to prepare components of meals and meals for the family rather than just packet mix cakes, Experimenting with and trying new foods.

 

 

A report from 2011 shows how much impact this learning has for our students and how much volunteers gain from the program as well.  

 

 

Recipes from the program are also available - download the PDF files to cook with your family at home.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Recipes