Tarwin Lower Primary School is a member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. With the support of our school gardener, students participate in weekly lessons in the garden, learning skills and building a sense of respect and appreciation for their local environment.
Hands on activities help students develop a sense of connectedness and pride. Students also engage in cooking lessons with the produce they have grown. They learn valuable life skills about healthy eating, as well as cooperation, team-work and problem solving.
Students love kitchen and garden classes because they are fun. Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their classmates and helpers.
Pleasurable food education teaches students to grow fresh, seasonal produce and use it to prepare nutritious, delicious food. Students are given all the skills, experiences and role modelling they need to learn to love their veggies and make healthier choices about what to cook and eat, for life.
Pleasurable food education is ripe with learning possibilities. In the kitchen and in the garden students discover ideas and concepts first-hand, through real-life experience.
Food education can be integrated into any curriculum, to provide a hands-on understanding of literacy, numeracy, science and much more. Students also learn life skills they can take beyond the classroom that will help them to make healthier choices into the future.