Deans Marsh Primary School operates a very successful Kitchen Garden program based on the Stephanie Alexander model. We grow fresh vegetables and fruit with the aim to help children understand the many benefits of growing our own. Other aims include:

    • Discovering where our food comes from.
    • Observing the life cycle of a little seed through to harvest.
    • Trying different food with friends and discovering that it tastes great!

During 2019, each class will participate in the Kitchen Garden program for 12 weeks.

On a fortnightly basis children harvest seasonal fruit and vegetables and prepare a three course lunch to be shared amongst t he Kitchen Garden group. One meal per class is prepared for invited families and guests and one other meal is provided to a local community group in need.

Eggs collected from the school's chooks are used in preparing meals.A Kitchen Garden levy of $20 per term for the class participating helps cover the cost of seedlings and ingredients that are unable to be sourced from the school’s garden. This ensures we provide a healthy lunch to students on alternate Wednesdays. Our program is well supported by parent volunteers as well as our wonderful Kitchen Garden teacher and Kitchen Garden assistant.