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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.

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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Garden to Table in Education Gazette

Wondering how the Garden to Table programme works?

You can read about the Garden to Table programme at Haumoana School in Hawke's Bay, which has featured in the Ministry of Educations' 'Education Gazette', which shows how their Garden to Table programme is fully integrated across all aspects of school life. You can read their story here.

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Bounty: Cooking with Vegetables, finalist in book awards!

We're delighted that the wonderful book BOUNTY: Cooking with vegetables has been announced as a finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals book awards, announced in New York! Written by our co-founder and chairperson Catherine Bell, Bounty is a beautifully designed and photographed book all about cooking and growing vegetables. More than a recipe book, each chapter focuses on a specific vegetable group and contains a plethora of reliable hints and tips for growing vegetables at home. There are 80 inspired, approachable and delicious recipes, each one photographed and ranging from snacks and starters to sides, salads, main dishes and even some baking. A perfect opportunity to purchase now either online, or at a good bookseller near you. 

Scattered throughout are practical and encouraging facts and suggestions aimed at making growing and cooking both easy and fun plus you’ll find lots of lovely images of our schools long with quotes from some of Garden to Table's heroes. Ambassadors Al Brown, Niki Bezzant and Dan Mackay also generously share their thoughts and wisdom.

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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.