Welcome to 20 years!

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Kitchen Garden Program started out in a single school back in 2001 at Collingwood College. A committed team joined Stephanie Alexander to set up the program which then became a template of sorts for schools and services across the country. No kitchen garden is the same, but what lies at the heart – always – is children: their enthusiasm, and the communities that gather around them.

Learn our story

Find out more about some of the people involved with setting up the Kitchen Garden Program, and those who continue to steward it today.

 I marvel at the way the Kitchen Garden Program has grown and grown. It’s all about community: initially a small band of friends and acquaintances came together with a vision to create a program that really delivered change. The success of the initial program led to its rapid growth and it has now become a renowned nation-wide program reaching children and young people at all stages of education. – Stephanie Alexander AO

Stephanie at Collingwood College

Watch our 20th anniversary video

The Kitchen Garden Program has grown into a strong and vibrant community, boasting some 1600 schools and early childhood services across Australia all growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal, delicious food. Hear some of their voices in our celebration video.

Learning to live a good food life is the one of the most accessible ways anybody, child or adult, can bring joy to their life. – Stephanie Alexander AO

Get involved

If you want to play and cook along, here are a couple of our favourite activities and recipes. For members, there’s loads more to do – read on below for 20 for 20!


  • Broad beans were on the very first kitchen class menu at Collingwood College. Celebrate the spring broad bean harvest by making Broad Bean Dip
  • Make a pesto using excess veggie tops from carrots, radishes, beetroots, or soft greens. Check out our Parsley Pesto recipe as a guide and have some fun!



  • Make sure you are following the Foundation on social media @sakgf
  • Donate to continue our good work.

20 for 20

To celebrate 20 years of the Kitchen Garden Program, we have 20 activities for Kitchen Garden members to cook, grow, do, and win.




  • Watch our 20th anniversary celebration video
  • Follow along with our team videos to:
  • Subscribe to our public newsletter for gardening updates, events, and delicious monthly recipes
  • Post about your school or service’s program on your social media, using the hashtag #KitchenGardenWeek2021
  • Post this week’s kitchen or garden activity on the Shared Table
  • Follow the Foundation on social media 
  • Include your kitchen garden program in your school or service’s newsletter
  • Read one of our 20th anniversary stories to learn how it all began (links above)
  • Send Stephanie and the Foundation a letter from you or your class explaining what you like the most about your Kitchen Garden Program
  • Have children list or illustrate 20 veggies, kitchen, or garden tools
  • Use the ‘Sharing from home’ resource on the Shared Table (and post your results) 
  • Check out the posters collection on the Shared Table, where you’ll find ready references to seasonal planning, literacy, numeracy and science links, and more.


Stephanie loves a kitchen garden visit and that’s what’s on offer for one lucky school or service with the best video about their kitchen garden. To celebrate 20 years of the Kitchen Garden Program we want to see the impact of your kitchen garden within the school and wider community – in a 30–90second video. Competition closes 5 November.

Two students with Stephanie Alexander in a garden with scarecrow behind

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