The Big Melbourne Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day

The ultimate professional development experience for kitchen and garden educators is back.

The Big Melbourne Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day is an entire day filled with hands-on, skills-based workshops, discussion, and information sessions on running and planning a kitchen garden program for your sector.

Choose your workshops, network, build skills and have great fun with your kitchen garden community.


This year’s workshops explore how to make sourdough, pickles and soft cheeses, create aromatic spice mixes and put together delicious seasonal vegetarian menus. As well, learn how to make the most out of your edible gardens in a small space, grow mushrooms, care for fruit trees, and more. All this, plus dedicated workshops on running and expanding a kitchen garden program for your sector.

Join Stephanie Alexander at the Big Melbourne PD Day. Don’t miss the session in which our Founder Stephanie Alexander and a panel of school Principals with established kitchen garden programs share their strategies for sustaining a program over time. We’re also very excited to welcome keynote speaker Alice Zaslavsky who will be talking about Phenomenom, her new food education project.

The day is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills, and to help you provide engaging and successful kitchen and garden classes in your schools and centres. Each workshop is led by a facilitator who’s an expert, loves what they do and wants to share their knowledge with you.

Attendance at the Big Melbourne PD Day can contribute evidence of professional development in specific elements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the National Quality Standard for early years education and care.

Download the full workshop description list here.

Kitchen workshops – select from:

•    Leading with vegetables with Matt Wilkinson
•    Seasonal salads and pickling with Shuki and Louisa from Very Good Falafel
•    Cheese making with Giorgio Linguanti from That’s Amore Cheese
•    The art of making sourdough with Andrew O’Hara from Phillippa’s
•    Spice journey with Phillipa Joy from Ayurveda Joy

Garden workshops – select from:

•    Friendly fungi with Ernesto Sanchez from Geelong Fungi’s
•    Bamboo weaving with Seila Hierk from Aspendale Gardens Primary School
•    Bush tucker gardens with Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design
•    Planting in small spaces with Tracy Gray from Port Fairy Consolidated School
•    IBC wicking beds with Margaret Finger and Jessica Kendall
•    Fruit tree care with Titch Hanscomb from Fleming’s
•    Worm lovers with Richard Thomas from Wormlovers
•    Native bees and their benefits with Katrina Forstner from Buzz and Dig

Afternoon sessions – select from:

•    Program sustainability with Stephanie Alexander
•    Curriculum integration in action
•    Outcomes for the early years
•    A kitchen garden program for the secondary years

Who Should Attend

Kitchen and Garden Teachers, Specialists and Educators, Program Coordinators

Additional notes

  • A full workshops description sheet and instructions on how to choose your workshops on the day will be emailed to you when you register.
  • You must respond to the email to confirm your choice of workshops.
  • Register now to secure your place and the workshops of your choice.