July 2017 update
The kitchen garden program at Telarah continues to go well with 130 children accessing the two hour program each fortnight. As the program matures, the teaching focus in the classes is widening to include applied learning in maths, science and English. The garden produces enough surplus that herbs and other items are sold at the Produce Markets in the Levee. This usually brings in around $35 at each market that us then used to keep the garden in seeds, seedlings and manures – making it more self sustaining. It also provides an opportunity for a senior student to help with harvesting, presenting and selling produce as well as doing some simple bookkeeping. The number of parent volunteers who are actively engaging in the program remains a stand out feature and all student teachers are rostered on for a turn with the program which spreads the knowledge about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program more widely.
By Anne Kelly
A donation of $350 was provided in March 2016 from Slow Food Hunter Valley. This contributed towards an efficient automatic watering system. March also saw year 6 students in the kitchen cooking up a Chinese feast supported by year 11 students and staff from the Food Technology faculty at Rutherford High. Another highlight of the year was the year 3 students (all 65 of them) being taken through a wonderful Italian menu using basil, lettuce, cucumber, radish, snake beans, tomatoes, and herbs from the garden.
During 2015 the garden remained an integral part of the school and continued to offer itneractive learning opporunities and hands-on experience.
In May 2014 the school joined the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and the program began for two classes in semester two. The principles associated with the Stephanie Alexander program match Slow Food philosophy perfectly. Cooking classes were conducted in make shift spaces and the garden supplied produce for many meals.
After an initial donation of $500 from Slow Food Hunter Valley in 2013 and a further $500 donation the Telarah Public School garden went into full production.