Allison Beveridge has taken over the Stephanie Alexander Garden.
The children have a class in the SAKG garden every fortnight, we believe growing your own produce and cooking is an essential part of the school curriculum and the children are loving it. The aim of the SAKG Foundation;
Children form positive food habits for life.
We provide the inspiration, information, professional learning and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.
Beginning in Grade 3, Dorset students enjoy fortnightly rotations in our Stephanie Alexander Garden. They sow, plant, water and harvest produce for use in the kitchen. From their first lesson they begin to build skills as gardeners and to tune in their observation.
These observations link with our focus on seasonality. Throughout the year, the children experience the seasonal cycles of when we plant and harvest certain fruit and vegetables as well as the important role that insect life plays in the garden. We are an organic garden so we learn to work with nature rather than against it. One of our favourite visitors to the garden are ladybirds and our students know to look for evidence of ladybirds when the first aphids appear.
Occasionally inclement weather prevents us from getting into the garden. We use this opportunity to explore indoor gardening activities, including botanical drawing, basic botany, garden themed writing or tool invention challenges.
Many students take these skills home, and love to share stories of growing their own fruit and vegetables. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program equips them with skills and confidence they will take into life.