The Big Melbourne Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day

It’s time again for the ultimate professional development experience for kitchen and garden educators.

The Big Melbourne Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day is a day of hands-on skills-based workshops to enhance your kitchen garden program, networking, discussions – and a conversation with Stephanie Alexander!

This year brings another stellar line-up of kitchen garden presenters and speakers. Choose your morning workshop, network, build skills and have great fun with the kitchen garden community.


The Big Melbourne Kitchen Garden PD Day opens with a Welcome to Country and stories from a Wurundjeri Elder.

We’re also excited to welcome Joost Bakker, restaurateur, environmentalist, zero-waste champion and passionate advocate of the kitchen garden program, as keynote speaker.

In the morning, choose a kitchen or garden workshop. In the kitchen, experience the food flavours of Mauritius, learn about fermenting, and how to reduce food waste by cooking with often-discarded parts of vegetables. In the garden, learn all about Indigenous food gardens, how to make the most out of your soil, and beneficial garden insects.
All this, plus a delicious shared lunch before an afternoon in conversation with Stephanie Alexander, chef, writer and Founder of the Kitchen Garden Foundation.

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 early childhood services.

At the end of the day, network, share learnings and celebrate your year of kitchen garden achievements over cheese and drinks.

Select one workshop:

•    Manzé  (‘to eat’ in Creole) – Nagesh Seethiah, chef at Anchovy explores key spices in Mauritian cooking, and creates beautiful dishes that highlight seasonal vegetables.
•    Stem to Top Cooking – 2019 MasterChef contestant and Kitchen Specialist Tim Bone demonstrates how to reduce food waste by using often-discarded parts of vegetables, and  shares some insider tips and tricks from the MasterChef kitchen.
•    Wild Lacto-Fermentation – Make a batch of sauerkraut, preserve vegetables with salt brine, ferment fruits and condiments, and have your fermentation questions answered with Monique Miller, fermenting expert and permaculturist.
•    Bush Tucker Gardens – Celebrate Indigenous Australian traditions as Karen Sutherland, writer, educator and owner of Edible Eden Design, shows you the benefits of native ingredients and how to create and maintain a bush tucker garden.
•    Get the Dirt on Soil! – Learn soil improvement strategies for a bountiful garden with richly experienced Kitchen Garden Specialist Mary Giannakopoulos, who will discuss worm farming, composting, green manure crops and crop rotation. Bring a soil sample so Mary can help you troubleshoot your soil quality issues.
•    The Good, the Bad and the Bugly – Learn about beneficial insects in the vegetable garden and how to make the most of them with entomologist Angelica Cameron and her sister, experienced Garden Specialist Yuki.

Who Should Attend

Kitchen and Garden Teachers, Specialists and Educators, Program Coordinators

Additional notes


1.    Log in to the Shared Table.
2.    Register and pay for your place at the Big Melbourne PD Day.
3.    We’ll send you an email with a link to book one spot in your preferred workshop on Eventbrite.

Places are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t miss out!

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 childhood education and care.

Any questions? Contact the Support Team on 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543) or