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Garden to Table is changing the way children think about food

The Garden to Table programme is teaching children the essential skills they need to be food-resilient. All around the country, we want to see children enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

Established in 2008, Garden to Table Trust is a registered charity (CC37743) that works with thousands of primary-school-aged children all across New Zealand, helping them discover a love for fresh food and skills that will last a lifetime. The programme is curriculum-integrated and provides real-world learning opportunities, taking learning outside the classroom.

Garden to Table receives no government funding and is reliant on the generous donations of our corporate partners, grant funders and donors. We need your support - now, more than ever.  $20 will help support a child in the Garden to Table programme for a year.  Please, join us.



Profile: Liz Drummond - Seed Funder and Volunteer

Liz Drummond discovered Garden to Table through the One Percent Collective in 2014 and has become a valued member of the Garden to Table community as both a volunteer and Seed Funder - part of Garden to Table's family of regular donors. Here is her story:  "I volunteer at Cardinal McKeefry School in Wilton. I am general minion to our 'Garden Guy' John McCrystal, we tag team between each other doing our best to get at least some of the 'to-do' list each week done. Typically, with guidance from Bridget (class teacher) to keep things under control.  It has always been important to me to 'give back'; I know I am incredibly lucky to have the family & start in life that I did. This includes emigrating to Aotearoa New Zealand when I was a baby, so that we could have a safer & more settled life. I feel so grateful & lucky that I get to call Aotearoa home but was getting increasingly concerned about the growing gap in well-being between different groups of New Zealanders. So, I wanted to put at least a bit of my good fortune - time & money - where my mouth is and do something to contribute toward a different mindset.

There is so much about what GTT does that is beneficial to the practical & mental well-being of the people it involves. The practical skills being taught about how to grow/harvest/prepare food are obvious examples, but the sense of purpose/community & belonging it creates from doing - and sharing - these lessons as a group are also fantastic. I just love that GTT has such an immense 'ripple effect' in terms of the lessons and skills being transferred from schools into homes & communities. It makes my heart sing.  The lessons being taught about the relationship between food, nutrition & physical/emotional well-being are vital ones. And the impact it has on kids wanting to cook, taste and eat such a wide range of fresh vegetables is phenomenal. There is a real sense of pride & achievement in the children from completing tasks that have real and practical benefits.


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Garden to Table in Education Gazette

Wondering how the Garden to Table programme works?

You can read about the Garden to Table programme at Haumoana School in Hawke's Bay, which has featured in the Ministry of Educations' 'Education Gazette', which shows how their Garden to Table programme is fully integrated across all aspects of school life. You can read their story here.

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Bounty: Cooking with Vegetables, finalist in book awards!

We're delighted that the wonderful book BOUNTY: Cooking with vegetables has been announced as a finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals book awards, announced in New York! Written by our co-founder and chairperson Catherine Bell, Bounty is a beautifully designed and photographed book all about cooking and growing vegetables. More than a recipe book, each chapter focuses on a specific vegetable group and contains a plethora of reliable hints and tips for growing vegetables at home. There are 80 inspired, approachable and delicious recipes, each one photographed and ranging from snacks and starters to sides, salads, main dishes and even some baking. A perfect opportunity to purchase now either online, or at a good bookseller near you. 

Scattered throughout are practical and encouraging facts and suggestions aimed at making growing and cooking both easy and fun plus you’ll find lots of lovely images of our schools long with quotes from some of Garden to Table's heroes. Ambassadors Al Brown, Niki Bezzant and Dan Mackay also generously share their thoughts and wisdom.

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Thank you to our National Partner

We would like to thank our National Partner for their ongoing support of both the Trust, and the schools we support. Your partnership is invaluable.