Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

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A food philosophy that makes sense

Stephanie Alexander has a vision that pleasurable food education is accessible to every Australian school with a primary curriculum. Her Philosophy for the Future short film, which features Auburn South Primary School’s students and facilities can be viewed by following this link.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation takes a revolutionary approach to food education, focusing on pleasure, flavour and fun via the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The recipe for effective food education:

  • Encourage fun, flavour and texture through experiences that engage all the senses.
  • Model good food choices without resorting to pyramids or labels of ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’.
  • Reinforce techniques repeatedly, providing the confidence to plant seeds or cook simple dishes at home.
  • Plan menus around the fresh, seasonal produce growing in the garden.
  • Use ingredients at their peak – seasonal herbs, crisp veggies, fresh fruits.
  • Expand culinary horizons, presenting cultural differences as fascinating rather than strange.
  • Expand vocabularies for describing foods, flavours, textures, plants and processes.
  • Food should be delicious and the cooking of fresh fruit and vegetables should be timed with great care.
  • Come together at the end of the cooking to share our meal around the table.

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Auburn South Primary School offers the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program to all students in Years 3-6.


Volunteers are an essential ‘ingredient’ in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Parents, Grandparents and Community Members are all welcome.

If you would like to volunteer in our kitchen and/or garden programs, please register here.