About Garden to Table
11 Dec 2014
The team at Garden to Table wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015.We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over this year, whether you have volunteered at a school, donated, voted for us to receive much needed funding, attended one of our events or simply supported what we do and helped spread the word - we appreciate it very much!
24 Nov 2014
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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Garden to Table aims to change the way children approach and think about food - we want to see children across the country enthusiastically get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
In Australia in 2001, 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 with the fundamental philosophy 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 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, and worked with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to bring the programme's philosophy into New Zealand primary schools. Three pilot schools joined in 2009 and there are now twenty eight schools involved in the programme with several more committed to join over the coming 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.
You can help us to ensure as many New Zealand children have the same opportunity.
Learn how you can help.