How It Operates
Keys Aspects of the Garden to Table Programme
Garden to Table works best when the sessions are a regular part of the curriculum, much like a PE lesson. During Garden to Table children become involved in all aspects of gardening in an environmentally sustainable garden, cooking and then enjoying delicious, seasonal meals 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.
Even if you don't have any space for gardens and you don't have kitchen space, you can still take part in Garden to Table. We have lots of suggestions and ideas of ways to make it work!
As a Garden to Table member, schools receive
- welcome pack (year one)
- invitation to quarterly specialist meetings
- monthly training webinars
- 0800 Support Line
- Invitation to discounted face-to-face training days
- access to online training and curriculum resources
- support of Garden to Table Regional Coordinator
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.
Garden to Table is a registered charity (CC37743) that does not receive any government funding. Schools are therefore are asked to make a financial contribution of $299+GST for the first year, followed by an annual membership of $99+GST.
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- children increase their consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables
- 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 more often
- 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
- children learn 'everyday environmentalism', how to reduce waste and act sustainably
- beneficial for children who do not thrive in traditional classroom environment
- improved behaviour through engaged learning
- volunteering allows community to share their skills back into the community
- non-discriminatory. It's for all children within the community - socially inclusive
"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
"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