Join the Kitchen Garden Classroom
Sow the seed of pleasurable food education at your school or centre and reap the benefits of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing, fresh, seasonal delicious food.
I am a teacher or staff member and my school or centre wants to join.
I am a parent or guardian and I want my child's school or centre to join.
I am a food education advocate and I'd like to promote this in my community.
Special package for Victorian schools and centres
Are you a Victorian learning centre or school? You can take advantage of a heavily subsidised Victorian Pleasurable Food Education Package, supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, to receive a bundle of discounted professional development, educational resources, membership and support. Learn more
The Kitchen Garden Classroom membership has all the ingredients you need to create a delicious, fun and rewarding learning experience. With hundreds of resources at your fingertips, you can pick and choose how best to bring a taste of pleasurable food education to your students.
Only $275 to join (includes $165 joining fee and $110 annual fee). Pay by credit card for a FREE 'Real Kids, Real Food with Stephanie Alexander' DVD.
Hundreds of teaching resources, including classroom activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum and learning frameworks
Hundreds of recipes using fresh, seasonal produce children can grow in their own kitchen gardens
Hundreds of information sheets, stories, videos and templates to help you run a successful kitchen garden program
A vibrant online community of more than 3600 kitchen garden educators
Exclusive professional learning opportunities and webinars
Email and phone support from our friendly and professional team
Victorian school or centre?
Take advantage of a heavily subsidised Victorian Pleasurable Food Education Package, supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, to receive a bundle of discounted professional development, educational resources, membership and support. Learn more ...
Hungry for a taste?
Get a taste of pleasurable food education with free starter resources that give you everything you need to get started: key recipes, garden activities, fundraising tips and curriculum connections, and some good advice.
Not quite ready to become a member?
Not a school or learning centre?
Government, community, health and education organisations are invited to get in touch to discuss the opportunities available. Call 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a parent, guardian or family member?
Fantastic! Many schools and centres have implemented a kitchen garden program based on suggestions from families. Here's a few tips to getting started ...
Get support from your school or centre community
A great first step is to approach other families and ask if they’re aware of our work, and suggest they have a look at our website. You can also make an appointment with your school principal, or centre manager, to talk about what you’d like to see happening in your child’s learning environment. You can download the Starter Pack and to hand out to other members of the school community.
Understand and promote the benefits
The best way to promote the Kitchen Garden Classroom in your school or centre is to understand and promote the benefits that pleasurable food education can bring:
- Healthy eating objectives – kitchen garden kids learn how to grow, cook, eat and celebrate fresh, delicious, nutritious food.
- Physical activity objectives – kitchen garden kids are hands-on in every kitchen and garden class, maintaining physical activity throughout the duration of the class.
- Academic learning outcomes – classroom teaching is reinforced with real-life contexts and learning by doing, with teaching resources linked to and directly supporting the Australian Curriculum and/or learning frameworks.
- Student wellbeing – kitchen garden kids are often more engaged, learn through sensory experiences, and love garden and kitchen classes.
- Whole-of-community engagement – schools and centres embrace the fresh food philosophy; kitchen garden kids take healthy recipes home, start backyard veggie patches and bring their families into the garden and kitchen; the community comes together to support the pleasurable food education program.
- Social development and responsibility – kitchen and garden classes promote teamwork and self-esteem, as well as respect for environmental and sustainability practice
Be motivated, enthusiastic and available
Be available, if you can, and keep the groundswell of family support building – you’ll be amazed at what can come out of the woodwork once you start building a garden bed, asking for donations, getting your child’s class into a seasonal salad-making session … many people just need to see a little bit of action to realise the potential.
Finally, always remember that we are here to help: you and your school or centre staff are more than welcome to contact us on the Support Line so we can help you on your kitchen garden journey. Contact us via email on email@example.com or phone 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543).
Are you a food education advocate?
Wonderful! We really appreciate pleasurable food education advocates who are keen to spread the word about our work within their local communities. Also, busy teaching and caring staff often appreciate outside support that helps them understand the benefits and how the wider community can help them – please just make sure your approaches fit in with their timetable! Here's a few tips to getting started ...
Bring together the wider community
You may like to hold a community meeting to promote the benefits of pleasurable food education to your neighbourhood. Invite local schools and learning centres, council members and any groups such as health and education organisations, community houses and volunteer groups like Rotary and your neighbourhood Men’s Shed. Get your local newspaper and radio station on board to promote the meeting.
Remember you’ll be pointing out the benefits to the wider community as well as the schools and centres you think could take advantage of the Kitchen Garden Classroom membership.
Each group will benefit from clear guidance on how they can help each other. Schools and centres can share resources and learning. Volunteer groups can help with working bees and sourcing materials and donations. Councils can give guidance on how they can support, and they can also see how pleasurable food education can help them meet their own objectives. Remember they are also very welcome to join the Kitchen Garden Classroom, and it takes a community to change a community!
If a community meeting isn’t feasible, you can set up a time to meet with your local school or centre, but please remember they are very busy people who have a lot of competing priorities.
Bring together all the ingredients
You are welcome to use our public collateral to get your message across. Some useful items are:
- The Starter Pack contains a PowerPoint-style presentation setting out how to start small, a brief practical guide to building a kitchen garden, and sample resources.
- The membership flyer shows organisations what they gain from joining the Kitchen Garden Classroom.
- The Kitchen Garden Community Timeline on our website’s homepage details the benefits of pleasurable food education, and also provides a glimpse into the Shared Table online community – it’s a great idea to have attendees see what actually happens here.
Be willing to help and ask for help
Schools, centres and community organisations can be very busy places and if you are keen to get them on board please be willing to help! Finally, always remember that we are here to assist: your local school or centre staff are more than welcome to contact us on the Support Line so we can help them on their kitchen garden journey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543).
Every school can afford a kitchen garden
Right now there are hundreds of schools and learning centres of all shapes and sizes delivering pleasurable food education. Most have a small budget but with planning, resourcefulness and creativity - and community support - they are achieving big things
- Start small
Every garden starts with a single seed. You don’t need a fully stocked kitchen or landscaped garden to get started – a few pots and a couple of electric frying pans is enough to begin teaching. Your garden will grow with your learning, and your community will be keen to get on board.
Many kitchen garden schools generate revenue through clever and creative fundraising activities, which deepen the connection to their fresh food philosophy. Schools sell gluts from their garden, cuisine from their kitchen, seedlings from their seed-saving activities, calendars and cookbooks, and plenty more, to help cover costs.
Grants are a great way to get an initial injection of funds if you need to invest in infrastructure. Local and state government grants, as well as community grants from major corporations (such as banks) are a great place to start.
- Train your staff
Nominate one or two of your current staff members to receive kitchen garden professional development. This equips them with the tools and confidence they need to run a rewarding program. The Foundation offers a range of flexible and affordable training courses that are specifically designed to show teachers how to deliver pleasurable food education.
You don’t need to buy a bucketload of new tools or utensils to run a successful garden or kitchen class. Reusing and recycling secondhand goods is a great way to cut down on costs. There are many creative ideas for using recycled materials in the garden and in the kitchen that will not only reduce any set-up costs but are also great learning opportunities.
- Call on your community
It’s very common to see a kitchen garden program become a hub of community connection and support. Many schools have experienced generous donations of goods and services (and donations!) from families, local businesses and community members who appreciate the importance of pleasurable food education and want to help.
- Volunteers love it!
Kitchen garden schools and learning centres around the country are blessed with a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers. Many schools and centres are able to get extra hands to help out by enlisting willing volunteers from the wider community, including parents, grandparents, university students, passionate gardeners and enthusiastic chefs.