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Garden to Table is changing the way children think about food

The Garden to Table programme is changing the way children approach and think about food. All around the country, we want to see children enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

Established in 2008, Garden to Table Trust is a registered charity (CC37743) that works with thousands of primary-school-aged children all across New Zealand, helping them discover a love for fresh food and skills that will last a lifetime. The programme is curriculum-integrated and provides real-world learning opportunities, taking learning outside the classroom.

Garden to Table receives no government funding and is reliant on the generous donations of our corporate partners, grant funders and donors.  Please explore our website to find out more about Garden to Table, how we work with schools, and ways you can get involved.

Covid-19 Update 1

These are extremely challenging times for our schools and students and, at Garden to Table, we are committed to providing them with as much support as possible. We are keeping close track of government recommendations and ministry guidelines and, based on the current advice from MPI (attached) we are encouraging schools to continue with Garden to Table, wherever possible, while maintaining stringent hygiene practices. 

There are many benefits for our students in continuing with Garden to Table. Working in the garden supports mental health and encourages mindfulness, and also provides the opportunity for physical activity while maintaining physical distance. Cooking classes encourage resilience and a feeling of control in our students, while we are surrounded by a situation beyond our control. Students can learn recipes that they can recreate at home, helping to support their family and whānau with their cooking skills should self-isolation prove necessary. Sharing a meal together also provides another opportunity for us to connect authentically with our students.

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2000 donating $20 in 2020. Will you join us?

Every child in NZ deserves to learn good food skills.  But to reach every child we need your help.  Join us on the 2020 movement!

Just $20 supports our vision of every child in NZ having access to Garden to Table’s food education programme; getting kids in the garden and kitchen, growing, preparing, cooking and sharing meals they make, together.  Our goal is 2000 kiwis donating $20 in 2020.  Everyone who donates $20, whether it be a one-off donation or monthly, comes along for the ride with us for 2020– and will get updates about Garden to Table's work in schools, garden tips, recipes, spot prizes and special opportunities, including going in the draw to win a place at Al Brown's table - as we get closer and closer to hitting the 2000 mark.🌱  Click on the DONATE button, and be part of the journey to better health for thousands of children all over NZ.  Your donation really DOES make a difference.  And don't forget to leave your email address so we can keep in touch!

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Good friends sharing good food, for a great cause.

Be into win a place for you and a friend at Al Brown’s table when you host your own Garden to Table Garden Party in March! It's a fun and creative way you can support children as they learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food in primary schools all around NZ.

Money raised from the 2020 Garden to Table Garden Parties will help us train and support primary schools throughout Aotearoa to begin, and deliver, their Garden to Table programme. With your help, we can make sure the next generation understands where their food comes from, how to grow it, prepare it, and enjoy sharing it, learning skills they need to sustain and nourish them for a lifetime.

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Thank you to our National Partner

We would like to thank our National Partner for their ongoing support of both the Trust, and the schools we support. Your partnership is invaluable.