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Kitchen and food gardens are an increasingly popular way for schools to promote environmental and sustainability learning and connect students with healthy food and lifestyles. These programs can help.


This site provides a practical toolkit of resources to help schools get kids gardening. Specially created by teachers for teachers, the KidsGrow's hands-on gardening projects are directly linked to the school curriculum and expose students to a range of thinking skills and learning styles. For more information visit KidsGrow.

An old barrel and a water tank have been used as different shaped platers for herbs and vegetable growing. They are painted with bright colours. Three students are playing in the garden in the background.

Brightly coloured barrels are used as planters.
Photo courtesy of Barooga Public School

Garden challenge

Join in this simple and engaging email activity with a kitchen garden twist.  Syllabus outcomes in English, Mathematics and Science and Technology have been identified for students Early Stage 1 to Stage 3. More.

Dig In - Creating an edible school garden

This guide covers all aspects of school gardening including gardening methods, site analysis, worm farms, plant selection, pests and diseases. Queensland Health 2003. More.


The LivingGreener website produced by the Australian Government, provides information and assistance to help everyone live more sustainably. See In the garden.

Sustainable Gardening Australia

Enjoy these 16 short films on all different aspects of managing your garden from compost, safe tool use, growing vegies to worm farms.

Gardening Australia - ABC

Use these helpful ‘The vegie growing guide’. The episodes from Gardening Australia can be downloaded and viewed at school. Accessed through IView.

Courtyard Blitz

In this unit, students explore the needs of plants. Students design and create a sustainable garden within their school. More.

Sustainable Schools NSW

Sustainable Schools NSW now has a page of useful information on planning, creating and maintaining a school food garden. Visit the Sustainable Schools NSW site for more information.

Food Safety and Hygiene

Schools may include some food preparation, cooking and eating as part of their programs. Handling food poorly can cause food poisoningand reduce the quality of the food being served. This page from the Healthy Kids Association website has everything you need to know on food safety and hygiene in the school. Also useful for canteen management.

Starting a community garden

Many schools start their kitchen garden as a community engagement project. Read this guide to planning, design and implementation of community garden projects.