The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program employs two part-time specialist staff, a Garden Specialist and a Kitchen Specialist, to run the sessions. In both the kitchen and the garden the children work together in small groups with the help of volunteers. The finished dishes are arranged with pride and care on tables set with flowers from the garden, and the shared meal is a time for students, helpers, teachers and specialists to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. In the garden, volunteers assist children with tasks such as planting and harvesting crops, looking after the chickens and applying mulch to the soil.
Volunteers from the school and wider community are critical to the Program’s success, and support small groups of students within each class. Some like to commit to a regular weekly timeslot, whilst others come fortnightly or at various times throughout the year. We are very thankful to the wonderful volunteers who help make the Program so successful at Weeden Heights Primary School.