YHP AUSTRALIA – Kitchen Garden Programme for Secondary Schools
2018 - 2021
The local context
1 in 4 Australian children and adolescents are overweight or obese. The proportion of Australian adolescents who are overweight or obese is of concern given that obesity in adolescence predicts obesity in adulthood.
Secondary school educators often lack access to the professional development and education resources they require to help students establish positive relationships with food.
To develop and pilot an innovative kitchen garden programme model, tailored to the needs of Australian secondary schools, to foster positive food habits and help combat the incidence of childhood obesity and associated health complications, in partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
To help even more children and young people form positive food habits for life.
We have partnered with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to develop the first curriculum-integrated kitchen garden programme model for Australian secondary schools.
Drawing on the experiences of the successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, which has been running in primary schools across Australia for 17 years, the secondary years kitchen garden programme model will be based on the same philosophy of pleasurable food education. Pleasurable food education teaches students to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food through hands-on kitchen and garden classes in their schools.
We will support the development of targeted professional development and educational resources for secondary school educators, empowering them to deliver a hands-on pleasurable food education programme specific to the needs of this sector.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that supports educators to deliver pleasurable food education to students in Australia. Pleasurable food education teaches students to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food in order to form positive food habits for life.
Delivered through a kitchen garden program, pleasurable food education is designed to be fully integrated into the curriculum has a wide array of benefits including supporting student health and wellbeing, encouraging critical thinking and teamwork, and engaging families and communities.
 Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia, available at https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/overweight-obesity/interactive-insight-into-overweight-and-obesity/contents/how-many-people-are-overweight-or-obese