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Children and parents alike sing the praises of the Program
01-05-2009

It's not just students who love the Kitchen Garden Program - families are reaping the benefits too.

Here's a small selection of comments from children, parents and school staff about the impacts the Program is having at school, at home, and beyond:

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Surfside Primary parent: Fresh vegetables picked from our own kitchen garden are now favoured dishes, even ones considered previously to be on the "no go" list e.g. cabbage, broccoli, beans and beetroot.

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Elwood Primary parent: I've had such a change in attitude to helping in the kitchen with Walter (10). He has gone from no interest or help in preparing dinner to actively wanting to chop anything I give him.

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Elwood Primary Kitchen Specialist: Many parents relate that their kids want to make what they had made in the kitchen that day as their evening meal and there is great demand for any recipes that we use - immediately!

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Elwood Primary parent: My son Solomon (10) was playing with a friend from school and I realised that they were discussing the Kitchen Garden Program over their Lego building. They burst into the kitchen and told me they had formed a club where they were growing food at home and when they have enough to harvest they were going to cook for everyone but they were going to do it all by themselves, even deciding what to cook. Solomon now assesses every meal as a possible idea for their cooking club. They are so excited and can't wait to harvest something, anything...

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Weeden Heights Primary parent: The Program is influencing food choices at home. When pizza was placed on the table at home, the child asked where the side salad was and went ahead and prepared the salad for the family. The same child, when making lunch, prepared herself and her little sister a salad sandwich.

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Elwood Primary parent: My son wanted to help chop up herbs for the dinner. He had never shown any interest before and I was doubtful. He proved me wrong as he used the sharp knife properly and safely, telling me "I know how to do it mum, Giovanna told me how".

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Eaglehawk Primary School, conversation overheard between two Year 6 boys:

Brendan: ‘So, can you come and have a sleepover on Saturday night?'

Jaiden: ‘Yes, it's ok.'

Brendan: ‘So this week in cooking at school you get your group's recipe and I'll get mine and we'll cook tea Saturday night.'

Jaiden: ‘Cool, let's do it!'

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Bittern Primary School Program Coordinator: One family were successful growing watermelons at Red Hill and bought them in to share. The children were amazed at the difference in texture and taste compared to supermarket varieties.

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Collingwood College student to mother: ‘Mummy, why aren't we growing sage?'

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Westgarth Primary parent: Since the inception of the kitchen garden we have built raised garden beds at home similar to those at school. Our family now participates in the same joy the children have at school in our own back yard.

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Findon Primary parent: I have just downloaded the Kitchen Garden recipes so we can make these dishes at home as John and Carrie rave about them all the time. You mentioned in the newsletter that "the hommus is easy and sooo much tastier than the bought variety" but this recipe is not on the website. Could you please, please put it up as I would like to taste it too. Many thanks to the staff at Findon who have inspired my kids to want to cook at home and try different foods, that no matter how hard I try could never get them to even taste them. What a wonderful program.

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Elwood Primary parent: I've had to turn half the back lawn over to veggies!





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