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Welcome to Garden to Table


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.

Childhood obesity is an increasing issue in New Zealand and at Garden to Table we strongly believe that children who understand where good food comes from, know how to prepare it and then share it with friends and whanau, are likely to make better food choices.

There are many schools with kitchen gardens, which we strongly support.  However, this is only half the equation.  Children also need to understand how to harvest and then use their wonderful produce to prepare good food that can be replicated at home.

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Root to Tip Cooking Challenge - Enter now!

A creative cooking challenge for years 7 & 8
at Canterbury schools

Garden to Table and Christchurch City Council are excited to bring you the Root to Tip School Cooking Challenge. If you are a Year 7 or 8 student and you love to cook creatively this is the challenge for you! The Root to Tip philosophy encourages cooks to be resourceful with seasonal produce, using as much from each plant as possible e.g. leaf and root, fruit and peel creating delicious food with minimum waste!

What is it?: Schools create a 2-course Vegetarian Menu that meets challenge criteria. Four finalist schools will be selected. Schools then choose 2 students to cook their menu and participate in a cooking challenge against other finalists.

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Introducing Empower - turning knowledge into action!

Life Education Trust and Garden to Table have launched Empower - a comprehensive and sustainable programme to help tackle the biggest epidemic to threaten NZ children this century – obesity.  

Generously supported by The Warehouse Foundation, all schools in NZ can sign up and take part in the programme, which introduces a whole-school, curriculum-integrated approach addressing nutrition, life-skills, sustainability and the environment.  This is a great way to get your school started with Garden to Table!

To find out more, visit the dedicated website at www.empowerkids.org.nz or email us at info@gardentotable.org.nz

Looking for that perfect gift?

These stunning Garden to Table items are a perfect way to support the work of Garden to Table, and also solve your gift dilemmas! Beautifully and generously designed for Garden to Table by Special Group, all products are durable and of extremely high quality. All funds raised will help children all around New Zealand learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.

Simply click here to be taken directly to our gifts page. Products dispatched within 3-5 business days. Thank you for your support of Garden to Table. Happy shopping!

Thank you to our Major Partners

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