SGAE Hamilton and partners have celebrated the end of their very first Garden to Plate program by doing what they do best, sharing fresh food and festive vibes!
The Garden to Plate program launched in early 2019 and uses vegetable gardening and meal preparation to enhance language, literacy, numeracy and technology, and build skills for everyday living. It's an innovative approach to students obtaining a Certificate in Transition Education. Running one day a week, the program will commence again in February 2020 welcomes more participants along for the ride.
Around 30 members of the Southern Grampians community came together on Monday 25th November for the Garden to Plate Summer Christmas, including program participants, carers, families, peers and the Mayor of the Southern Grampians Shire. Program participants showcased some of the fresh produce they have nurtured, and the cooking skills they’ve developed so far.
HIRL garden volunteer Glenice says it’s important for participants to embrace the whole life cycle of the plants, ‘they’ve nourished little seedlings in the hothouse before they were even planted, they’ve been a part of the growth process from start to finish (garden to plate!)’.
Fresh garden beans, peas, carrots, beetroots, zucchini and varied herbs all featured in this weeks celebration.
Garden to Plate is much more than a gardening or cooking course, it’s about building life skills, utilising kitchen gardening to do so. Participants grow their social and organisational skills, problem solving abilities and more on top of learning about weights, measures, budgeting and shopping.
If you know of someone living with a disability who might be interested in Garden to Plate, get in touch with SGAE 48 Thompson Street or on 5571 9900.
Is your organisation, club, community group or school making a change so that the healthier choice is the easier choice? Let us know about it! Get in touch with Ebony at [email protected] or 5551 8475 for support or to share your story.