I had a great time this week visiting the Moonah Primary School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. This is the first one of its kind in Tasmania and it is now mentoring others in Snug, Acton in Burnie and Flinders Island.
The whole idea is to get children interested in growing food, harvesting what they have grown, cooking it and enjoying all things to do with food. It is such a wonderful idea and is succeeding in doing all the things that the school had hoped would happen. The kids love it and are enjoying tasting all the herbs and vegetables.
aIt is also growing community. Around 50 parents and friends turned up to help when the beds were being established and the Hill St Grocer has been a terrific support.
The Federal Government stimulus package arrived at just the right time and has allowed the school to build a purpose built kitchen and dining area which will be a place for children to learn to sit, eat and converse together plus it will be a wonderful community asset.
Patrick Johnson is in charge of the garden and its activities and it was inspiring to watch as all the children got on with their tasks including, geography, planting a map of Tasmania. The state has been mapped in wire and the children were planting taller plants in the centre for the plateau, blue around the edge for the sea, and then a dark outline and a green coastal plain.