Garden to Table

The Garden to Table programme started in Term 2, 2019. The programme builds skills for life through highly practical, hands-on classes – not only teaching growing and cooking skills but also building awareness of individual and collective responsibility for the environment, healthy eating and community connectedness. It is an opportunity for children to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

At Garden to Table students spend time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen every week, learning skills that will last them a lifetime and connecting the practical lessons back to curriculum outcomes.  Children are encouraged to take that learning back to their family and community – growing, cooking, eating and enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables at home.  

The Garden to Table programme runs two days a week on Thursday and Friday mornings with our Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 students. You can check the school calendar to see when classes are attending the Garden to Table programme.

Volunteers

We need your help to make this work.

Volunteers are an integral part of Garden to Table.  Volunteers can be parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or next door neighbours, anyone from within our school or local community who is keen to contribute their time and enthusiasm. No special skills are needed, other than an interest in Garden to Table, and an enjoyment from working with children. 

We need volunteers every Thursday and Friday morning in the hall kitchen and garden from 10-12:30 pm.  

Please email Kelee Hackett at kelee@maps.school.nz


Tips in the Kitchen with Al Brown

Garden to Table Ambassador, well-known chef, restauranteur and food writer Al Brown, has created a range of videos outlining basic cooking techniques to help children develop their skills in the kitchen. 

Recipes

Below are recipes that students will or have been making each week in the Garden to Table Programme. Students harvest vegetables, herbs and fruit from the garden to cook in the kitchen and then sit down and share the meal together.

2021 Recipes