The Garden to Table Programme is based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme in Australia, in which primary aged children grow, harvest and prepare fresh produce from their school vegetable garden.

Once a week students work either in the garden or the kitchen (alternate weeks) and then sit down together to share the meal.

Click here to view the Garden to Table official website

Why we offer Garden to Table

  • We offer Garden To Table to all Year 5 students.
  • It teaches healthy eating and respect for the environment
  • It caters to a range of ages, learning styles and academic ability, helping build the 5 Key Competencies
  • It promotes student engagement and ownership - it’s interesting and fun – the children love it
  • It integrates all curriculum areas e.g. mathematics, languages, science, technology, health within an authentic context.
  • It teaches the life skills of cooking and gardening

To find our more about the Garden to Table programme please contact:
Simon Wright, Garden Specialist simonwrightvet@hotmail.com

 

Garden to table on Waiheke
Garden to table on Waiheke

Why do children like the programme?

Often in a classroom setting, children are using their senses of sight and sound only - touch, taste and smell are not fully utilized. What makes Garden to Table interesting for kids is that they are actively using all 5 senses and relating these back to what they already know.

Research into learning shows that students retain information only if they able to relate it to pre-existing knowledge and experiences.Food is an excellent starting point as there are many associations already, with family, with life at home, with what is already familiar.The same is also true in the garden - as students identify vegetables, herbs, flowers and various garden creatures and materials, using sight, smell and touch.

Having gardens producing food on the school grounds that they have created and cared for provides children with a tremendous sense of pride and ownership. They feel connected to the school and to each other.

Discovering the new

In both the kitchen and garden settings, students make new and unplanned discoveries.  They are faced with new challenges that require them to solve problems, both as a group, and individually. It might be a 20cm earthworm, a lizard scampering for cover, or helping design ways to protect the garden from slugs and snails.

In Garden to Table students are free to explore, to experiment, and actively encouraged to share their ideas and observations with each other.

Recipes

(126k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Beetroot yoghurt drizzle.pdf  (90k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Brown Rice Salad GTT.pdf  (192k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:28 PM

Feijoa Cupcakes.pdf  (94k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Feijoa chutney.pdf  (94k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Filo Spring Rolls.pdf  (94k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Flat bread recipe.pdf  (87k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM

GTT Autumn Filo Rolls.pdf  (194k) Phil Wainwright, Mar 15, 2016, 10:03 AM

GTT Cabbage Beetroot Pear Salad.pdf  (198k) Phil Wainwright, Mar 15, 2016, 10:03 AM

GTT Cavolo Nero Pesto.pdf  (203k) Phil Wainwright, Apr 12, 2016, 4:35 PM

GTT Fig Cupcakes.pdf  (189k) Phil Wainwright, Mar 15, 2016, 10:02 AM

GTT Herb Rolls.pdf  (203k) Phil Wainwright, May 19, 2016, 1:17 PM

GTT Hummus.pdf (205k) Phil Wainwright, May 19, 2016, 2:05 PM

GTT Lemon Cupcakes.pdf   (196k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:29 PM

GTT Risotto.pdf (201k) Phil Wainwright, Apr 12, 2016, 4:36 PM

GTT Vegetable Soup.pdf  (205k) Phil Wainwright, May 19, 2016, 2:06 PM

Green dhal recipe.pdf (98k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM

LemonCordialGTT.pdf  (209k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:27 PM

Miso soup.pdf  (87k) Adam C, Jun 18, 2015

Moroccan carrot dip.pdf (62k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015

Salad imagination.pdf  (121k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM

Salad of Imagination Autumn.pdf (120k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:23 PM

Silver beet pakora-recipe.pdf (112k) Adam C, Jun 18, 2015, 8:55 AM

Silverbeet spinach curry.pdf  (80k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM

Sushi From Japan.pdf  (68k) Adam C, Jun 18, 2015, 8:57 AM

VEGETABLE Empanadas GtT.docx  (265k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:18 PM

VEGETABLE Empanadas GtT.pdf  (271k) Phil Wainwright, Aug 8, 2016, 7:22 PM

Winter golden mash.pdf  (86k) Adam C, Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM