Jen Holdsworth, one of the dedicated Think Tasmania team of contributors, will be out in the field on a research mission soon. She’ll be joining a Kitchen Garden Tour in Hobart, and visiting schools registered with the foundation formed in 2004 by celebrated chef, Stephanie Alexander.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Jen would LOVE to have your company on the bus tour where you’ll get to enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared from fresh Tasmanian produce. We’ll publish her first-hand account of the experience afterwards, but if you’re interested in this fabulous opportunity, here’s all the details (as supplied by The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation).
The foundation was established by Stephanie Alexander OAM in 2004, in response to the overwhelming interest in and success of the piloting of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Collingwood College, Melbourne, from 2001.
Since this time, the foundation has secured funding to expand the Kitchen Garden Program to other interested schools engaging with governments, philanthropists and passionate individual donors. The Kitchen Garden Program has moved from a pilot program to an established food education model that has been and continues to be rolled out by schools all across the country.
The role of the foundation is to provide skills, support and inspiration to schools to assist them in implementing and delivering the Kitchen Garden Program.
Operating with a small, dedicated team across Australia, the enterprise is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that relies on the generosity, shared vision and commitment of schools, volunteers, philanthropic organisations, government, business and individuals.
The Tasmanian schools tour visits established Kitchen Garden Schools throughout Hobart that have been running the Kitchen Garden Program for several years and are now reaping the benefits.
Others can join the tour to view kitchen and garden classes in action, speak to foundation staff and school staff, and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch. Participants will be visiting three model Kitchen Garden Schools: Moonah Primary School, St James College and Snug Primary School.
This will be an inspirational day that showcases some beautiful and productive school gardens as well as the schools’ home-style kitchens, and gives participants a chance to get closer to the Program in action.
The tours are suitable for staff from interested schools and new Kitchen Garden Schools, as well as interested members of the public.
Handy items to bring include notebook and pen, camera, water and snacks; morning tea and lunch will be provided. A hat and sunscreen/coat and appropriate footwear are advised. This tour is not suitable for children. Register here for the Hobart Region Kitchen Garden Schools Tour.