The purpose of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is to introduce pleasurable food education to children during their learning years, in order to form positive food habits for life.
The objectives of a kitchen garden program is for children to gain life skills, self‐confidence, and a healthy relationship with food through practical learning that is integrated with the curriculum. The program also provides meaningful opportunities to engage students, parents and communities.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not‐for‐profit charity that provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educators to deliver pleasurable food education to children in Australia. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP), provides a pleasurable hands-on introduction to food education by teaching children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal and delicious food. The program model targets children in early childhood centres, primary, secondary and special schools students. The program includes weekly time in the garden with a garden specialist and time in the kitchen classroom with a kitchen specialist, as an ongoing part of the school curriculum. Specialist staff plan and supervise each class and children work in small groups assisted by adult volunteers.