Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

At Eaglehawk Primary School, you will find students busy getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

Students in grades prep to six spend structured time in a productive veggie garden and students in Grades Three to Six spend time in a home-style kitchen as part of their everyday school experience. This enables the students to learn valuable, practical skills and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.

Each week in gardening, students are allocated a task, including:

  • harvesting produce,
  • weeding,
  • digging and turning compost ,
  • collecting, propagating  or planting seeds and seedlings
  • preparing garden beds
  • taking care of the chickens
In cooking, the produce the students have harvested from the garden is used to create a variety of dishes inspired from around the world.  The cooking teacher allocates different dishes to each cooking group. When everything is prepared, the students sit down together to taste the dishes that have been created.