Compost heap making, digging, weeding, sowing, planting, watering, mulching, composting, harvesting, weighing the harvest, worm farming, chook tending

The wet weather of this past winter didn’t slow things down in the kitchen or the garden, with plenty of activity to keep us all warm!

It was the winter for outdoor cooking: we marked NAIDOC week by firing up our long dormant, newly-rendered wood fired pizza oven for students to cook delicious damper and pizza outdoors, which was a great success.

It was the winter of community engagement: students prepared and served lunch to members of the West Moonah Community Precinct, with all the vegetables and herbs supplied by the garden. We also received a visit from the Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner, and her husband, who enjoyed a tour of the garden and lunch prepared by students. The Governor, a keen gardener herself, was very impressed with the program and loved our garden!

It was the winter of making colourful new signs for the garden, which enhance plant identification and add lots of bright colour to the space; and it was the winter of green manure, as we endeavour to be always improving our soil and giving back to our garden some of the nutrients and goodness that we extract from it when we harvest our produce.  

It was the winter of meeting with other food producers: Kitchen Specialist Tanya and myself attended Sprout Tasmania’s conference at MONA, where this years’ theme was education. We heard speakers like the author of Growing Vegetables South of Australia and The Intelligent Gardener, Steve Solomon, and inspiring local food producers.

And it was the spring of meeting Stephanie Alexander: Tanya Nichols, our Kitchen Specialist, Michelle Witts, Canteen Manager, and myself recently took part in a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Skills and Networking Training day at Princes Street Primary School, where the very special guest was Stephanie Alexander, OAM! Stephanie revealed that over 900 schools across Australia have joined the SAKG program. We heard from many other SAKG schools who shared their Kitchen Garden journey, and it was inspiring to meet with so many committed, passionate food educators.