• Iris Windsor

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme

Updated: Mar 25, 2019


The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme is an integral part of the programme at Dragonfly’s Early Learning.

This programme is the "brainchild" of renowned foodie, chef Stephanie Alexander who is passionate about changing the food habits of children


The garden beds are in and the plantings are constantly underway.

Everybody knows that young children love to be mixing, rolling, cutting, picking, digging and watering.


SAKGP pleasurable food education provides the opportunity to do just that through hands-on kitchen and garden activities driven by our educators

Through this kitchen garden program, children also learn:

Where their vegetables come from

How their fruit and vegetables grow

Positive food habits that last a lifetime

Numeracy and literacy skills

Science, their environment, sustainability and different cultures

Life skills such as problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking

To engage with the families and wider community supporting their service

Simple cooking activities on how to use what they grow for food

With the help of this programme, Educators are able to help the children to:

Develop a strong sense of identity

Become connected with and contribute to the world in which they live

Develop a strong sense of well-being

Become confident and involved learners

Develop effective communication skills


An easy way to use basil leaves in a dish that the whole family will enjoy is in a simple Caprese Salad




Caprese Salad

Ingredients

3 large ripe well flavoured tomatoes

1 large mozzarella cheese or 2 smaller ones

1/2 cup fresh picked basil leaves

1/4 cup well flavoured olive oil

feshly ground pepper

freshly ground salt


Method

  1. Slice the tomatoes into 1cm thick slices

  2. Slice Mozzarella into 1 cm thick slices

  3. Pick basil leaves and set aside

  4. Layer tomato slices, mozzarella slices and basil leaves on a large flat platter

  5. Sprinkle with ground pepper and salt

  6. Drizzle with a little olive oil

  7. Delicious served with any grilled meat

To learn more about the Kitchen Garden Programme at Dragonfly's Early Learning, please go to our website at:

https://www.dragonflys.com.au/

or

Go to the Stephanie Alexander Foundation website at:

https://kitchengardenfoundation.org.au


To talk to someone at Dragonfly's Early Learning please call 07 5471 6500.

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