Stephanie Alexander believes the best way to influence children’s eating habits for life is to get them excited about fresh food, engaging their curiosity and imagination. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program does just that, giving kids in primary schools around Australia hands-on experience in the garden and kitchen, letting them explore as they learn lifelong lessons about eating well.
How would you describe the philosophy of the Kitchen Garden Program?
In its broadest possible terms, the philosophy is about encouraging kids to develop positive food habits by introducing a program which they enjoy. I really wanted kids to develop a broad understanding about everything to do with good food, but I wanted it to happen in a way that they enjoyed everything they were finding out – whether it was in the garden, or in the kitchen setting, or sitting around a table; whether it was talking about the food, or understanding the relevance of looking after the environment in order for plants to grow. We do find that by engaging the curiosity of kids as well as their taste buds, you’ve got more chance of influencing their behaviour positively.