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

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

About Garden to Table


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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The Garden to Table Trust  

Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Auction 2014

 The Garden to Table Trust is working hard to build a positive future for our children through food education and we invite you to join us for a very special evening of fine food and wine. The funds raised will ensure many more children can have the opportunity to learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food along with vital life skills that will enable them to lead happy, healthy lives.

 Currently available in 20 primary schools around New Zealand, the funds raised will make it possible for the Trust to support more schools in 2015 and develop the resources essential to the programme’s success.  

Saturday 23 August, 7:00pm for 7:30pm

The Great Room at The Langham Auckland

Hosted by Jesse Mulligan

 You’ll enjoy

Welcome cocktails and champagne with canapés by 2014 Masterchef winners Kasey and Karena Bird

 Six dishes from

Al Brown – Depot  Nic Watt – Masu    Volker Marecek – The Langham

Mikey Newlands – Bracu  Nick Honeyman – Lava at the Sofitel ■ Brian Campbell – Milse

 And six of New Zealand’s finest wines, skilfully matched by Belinda Jackson

 Includes carefully curated live and silent auctions

 $250 per person incl. GST

Table for 10 $2250 incl. GST

 To book call The Langham Auckland booking office 09 300 2924

or email

All enquiries to c.bell@gardentotable.org.nz  021 471 973



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Wellington school kids now have access to a successful fresh food programme that has proved highly effective in New Zealand at educating children about healthy eating.

The Garden to Table Trust has announced it is to launch in four schools in Wellington during 2014 with the financial support of The Tindall Foundation and The Warehouse.

The trust is a charitable organisation which operates a curriculum integrated programme where children aged between seven and 10 learn about fresh, seasonal food.

Youngsters are taught how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food using purpose-built gardens and kitchen facilities in their schools.

The first school in Wellington to begin the programme is Porirua’s Cannons Creek where pupils sat down to their first gardening and cooking lesson in May. A further three schools are to be announced later this year.

The Garden to Table trust was established in 2008 by food writer Catherine Bell. It is modelled on Australia’s successful and well documented Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme.

Ms Bell is delighted the programme is now available in Wellington.

"It is only with the very generous support of The Warehouse and The Tindall Foundation that we can expand in to our capital city," Ms Bell says.

"They have promised cash support to the Garden to Table Trust during the next three years and The Warehouse team members are backing the scheme with volunteers, equipment and community support."

The Warehouse Executive GM Community and Environment, Paul Walsh says: "The Warehouse has a long standing commitment to supporting families and young people across New Zealand via numerous community initiatives".

"Garden to Table is a wonderful example of the benefits of combining education with healthy living and we are delighted to assist with the extension of the programme to the Wellington region," says Mr Walsh.

In addition to Wellington, Garden to Table operates in 19 schools in New Zealand reaching out to more than 2,000 youngsters every week with messages many will take home.

The aim is to educate children while encouraging them to make healthy choices and create positive eating habits by facilitating edible gardens and kitchen classrooms in primary schools.

"The positive spinoffs are endless," Ms Bell says. "Not only do children receive a fresh perspective on food education, it enhances their skills in science, maths and English."

Garden to Table operates on an innovative, inclusive staffing model. Students work in small groups under the supervision of specialist staff, community volunteers and the teacher. It provides an opportunity to learn in an interactive way from adults and builds strong relationships with adult role models, Ms Bell says.



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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.