News from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

Stanmore Public School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Professional Development Day
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Professional Development Day

The week before last in the Kitchen was very busy. We started Kitchen classes by filling the shelves with Apple and Rhubarb Jam, Mandarin Jam and Pickled Fennel. Our Year 3’s left the kitchen red eyed and teary practicing knife skills (yes, chopping onions, what was I thinking?!) and we ended the week hosting 25 fellow Kitchen Garden teachers for two days of Professional Development.

Miraculously, the week ran smoothly thanks to our generous school community. Your donations of equipment, produce and the most precious of all: time, are greatly appreciated. I arrived to a large box of brand new jars perfect for our jams and preserves and now we have families bringing in excess lemons from their trees after reading about our lemon thief incident during the holidays. Both Fiona and I cannot thank you enough.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program often hold Professional Development days here at Stanmore and although classes are sometimes affected, it is a perfect opportunity for Fiona and myself to learn and share ideas, be inspired and show off our wonderful Kitchen and Garden (see photos). I came away learning how to make delicious Sri Lankan food and had great fun making string hoppers (idiyappam) – as soon as I can source the right gadget we’ll be making them!

If you wish to sign up and volunteer for our Kitchen and Garden classes, follow the link below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Happy cooking,
Dimitra

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