From little things, big things grow : why not start your own kitchen garden?
Schools that have created their own kitchen gardens are reporting huge benefits for their students. It started in 2001 when chef Stephanie Alexander began a kitchen garden with students at Collingwood College near Melbourne's city centre. A growing number of Victorian schools now formally operate kitchen gardens as participating schools of Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation. The first three schools, Collingwood College, Nunawading Primary School and Yarrunga Primary School, Wangaratta, were joined in 2005 by a further 24 as part of the Victorian government's 'Go for Your Life' campaign through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to promote healthier life-styles through greater physical activity and healthy eating among Victorians. Schools also now work in partnership with TAFE students, Australian Technical Colleges and restaurants. [Author abstract, ed]