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How It Operates

Keys Aspects of the Garden to Table Programme

Garden to Table teaches children essential life skills in a fun, engaged and hands-on way.

We believe food education, that equips children with both skills and a love of good food, is an important part of the solution to today’s childhood obesity crisis. Garden to Table is a comprehensive programme that develops skills and enthusiasm, making food a positive and sustainable part of children’s lives

Children become involved in all aspects of gardening in an environmentally sustainable garden, and cooking and then enjoying a delicious, seasonal meal they have produced themselves. The curriculum-integrated programme provides real-world learning opportunities for children outside the traditional classroom environment and is supported by comprehensive online curriculum resources.

Garden to Table also has wider community benefits when the children bring home what they have learned about growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking good food. Children develop increased self-esteem, pride in their achievements and pride in the environment, and behaviour improves in some children.

Benefits Include:

  • Children learn where food comes from, how to grow, prepare and cook home-grown produce
  • Proven that children involved in the programme grow and cook food at home
  • Children understand seasonality of food
  • Children make better food choices, with positive and sustainable impact on health and wellbeing
  • Children experience the social aspect of sitting around a table enjoying food
  • Evidence of increased numeracy and literacy through curriculum integration
  • Beneficial for children who do not thrive in traditional classroom environment
  • Improved behaviour through engaged learning
  • Immediate take home for kids which flows on into family life
  • Volunteering allows community to share their skills back into the community and vice
  • Non-discriminatory. It’s for all children within the community – socially inclusive
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"The Garden to Table programme is such a wonderful asset to our school. From the onset we have been on the go. Our children are enthusiastic about what they are learning. They are asking more questions, they are becoming more inquisitive and more importantly they are learning to respect their own environment and each other. It is literally taking the classroom outside the four walls that they are so used to and opening their eyes to other ways of learning. There are so many advantages to this programme."

~ Hunia Williams, Environmental Team Leader, Cannon's Creek School

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"In both the kitchen and garden settings, students make new and unplanned discoveries. They are faced with challenges that require them to solve problems - both as a group and individually. In Garden to Table lessons, students are free to explore and experiment, and actively encouraged to share their ideas and observations with each other."

~ Craig Satherley, Garden Specialist and Teacher, St Mary's Primary, Avondale