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. Garden to Table aims to create an enthusiastic culture that encourages children to get their hands dirty in learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

 

Boy gardening$20 will help support a child in the Garden to Table programme for a year.

 

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Garden to Table also has wider community benefits when the children bring home what they have learned about growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking good food. Children develop increased self-esteem, pride in their achievements and pride in the environment, and behaviour improves in some children.

 

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Garden to Table want to to empower children to have a love of good, fresh food and teach them the skills they need to grow and prepare it. These skills will have a transformative and lifelong impact on their health and wellbeing.

Some of their Principles include:

  1. Empowered and Resilient Students:Garden to Table teach their students how to sustainably grow, harvest, prepare and share good food.
  2. Everyday Environmentalism: Garden to Table help students embrace the circular nature of the food system whilst teaching them respect for the environment.
  3. Real-world Education: They build self-worth and mana in their students by giving them opportunities to apply their skills to solve real problems relevant to their lives and communities.
  4. Respect for cultural diversity:Garden to Table acknowledge and promote food as a universal language that can break down barriers and support community cohesion.
  5. Community Connectedness: Garden to Table promote and empower local communities supporting local communities. 
  6. Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Garden to Table acknowledge the significant importance of Te Tiriti and help children connect with the practices of mana whenua (people of the land) by promoting the core values of manaakitanga (respecting people and relationships), kaitiakitanga (being an active steward over land, people) and wero (acknowledge challenges to pursue excellence) as an inherent part of their citizenship of Aotearoa. 

 

Thank you to 3M New Zealand for supporting and donating to Garden to Table. Their continual support has allowed Garden to Table to teach children all across New Zealand vital and lifelong skills they can bring to their families and friends.