The Kitchen Garden program at Bolinda Primary School aims to introduce students to the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing and consuming fresh and healthy food. We believe that by engaging children in the process of growing and cooking their own food, they develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of where their food comes from, as well as a greater interest in trying new foods.
Our school has a dedicated garden space where students can get hands-on experience in planting, tending to and harvesting a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. They learn about soil health, composting, seed germination and plant growth cycles, as well as the importance of water conservation and sustainability.
The garden is equipped with tools and resources needed for the students to learn about gardening skills, including planting beds, compost bins, a worm farm, and irrigation systems. Students learn how to plan and design the garden beds, plant seeds, and care for the garden by watering, weeding, and pest control.
The Kitchen Garden program also includes a fully equipped kitchen where students learn basic cooking skills, such as chopping, measuring, and mixing, as well as more advanced techniques like baking and using kitchen appliances. They learn about food safety and hygiene, as well as healthy eating habits and nutrition.
The program culminates in a shared meal, where students and staff sit together in a communal eating area to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The children learn about table manners, etiquette, and the social aspects of mealtime.
Overall, the Kitchen Garden program is an engaging and rewarding experience for the students, and it promotes important life skills that will benefit them well beyond their time at Bolinda Primary School.