Nā tō rourou,
nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi


With your food basket
and my food basket
the people will thrive

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Garden to Table has been shortlisted to receive a substantial grant from Medibank! This grant will greatly assist us to extend the Garden to Table programme to more schools across New Zealand - but we need your help. Please vote for Garden to Table to receive this grant by clicking here. Choose NZ then scroll down the page until you see Garden to Table and click 'vote'. We need as many votes as possible so please share with colleagues, friends and family. A big thank you in advance from the Garden to Table team! 

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Our auction of 30 items is now open on Trade Me until 9.00pm on Thursday 30 October. There is something here for everyone.  Do you want to learn to be a barista or maybe you’ve always fancied a shiny kitchen mixer? Do your bit for nature: invest in a beehive; enjoy summer in a hanging lotus pod chair or top-of-the line sunglasses; transform your living with luxury linen, fine art or glass sculpture; or treat yourself to 5 star accommodation, a massage, restaurant vouchers or a new wardrobe?  All these and many more exciting items are listed on our Trade Me fundraising auction from which 100% of your successful bid will support the Garden to Table Trust. Click to see the whole collection, and thanks for supporting Garden to Table!

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We're just about to serve up a whole new look for Garden to Table which has been slowly but surely growing  in our creative garden over the last few months and is now ready to be revealed. The story behind how we created our garden of new visuals is a fascinating one that we look forward to sharing with you very soon so stay tuned. In the meantime here's a sneak preview of just one of the elements......

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Stephanie Alexander

Pleasurable food education:
skills for learning, skills for life

As the New Zealand affiliate to The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Garden to Table is growing a food revolution from the ground up!

Garden to Table aims to change the way children approach and think about food. We hope that over the next few years Garden to Table will allow children across the country to enthusiastically get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

The fundamental philosophy that underpins the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and therefore Garden to Table, is that by setting good examples and engaging children’s curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds, we can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits.

The revolution rumbled into action in 2001, when renowned cook and food writer Stephanie Alexander OAM joined forces with an inner-Melbourne school community to establish the Kitchen Garden Program at Collingwood College. Stephanie’s pioneering approach to food education is now flourishing in many schools around Australia.

The New Zealand Garden to Table Programme begin in 2008 when New Zealand food writer and cook Catherine Bell gathered a group of like-minded people together. Three pilot schools joined in 2009 and there are now twenty one schools involved in the Programme with several more committed to join over the next year.

Garden to Table schools commit to a dynamic and innovative model that sees kitchen and garden classes run weekly, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum.

As participants in the Garden to Table Programme, seven to 10 year-old children spend time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen each week. There they learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.

Garden to Table schools are located across New Zealand, and we are committed to signing up schools throughout New Zealand, as our resources and funding permit. Schools cross all decile levels and each has its own challenges and successes. But all are united in their passion to bring the benefits of food education to their students.

Learn more about how to become a Garden to Table School.

560 schools around Australia are a part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, with around 60,000 children actively engaged in the Kitchen Garden Program each year. Now, that’s a revolution!

You can help us to ensure as many New Zealand children have the same opportunity.

Learn how you can help.