Your upbringing is the basis of your personality for the rest of your life. It therefore follows that targeting behavioural change efforts at children is one of the fastest and most effective ways to build habits that literally last for generations.
There are two sides to this of course. Fast food marketers are known for targeting children in school canteens, heavy advertising during prime TV viewing periods and through little league sport sponsorships.
This month we speak to Brendan Bolton from Edible Landscapes who is on the side of slower and healthier food. He maintains an amazing school garden at Thomas Chirnside Primary School.
About the garden
The garden is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation who aim to help children create positive food habits for life.
With 50 fruit trees, 30 garden beds, 7 chooks, an aquaponics system, compost system and worm farm, it’s very impressive.
It’s been designed as a system that feeds the kids but also has a stream of nutrients being returned to the soil.
As Brendan said “When you’re continually taking things out of the garden you’re continually stripping it of nutrients and you need to put that back in.”
“If the children grow the food they’re much more likely to eat the food. It’s very rare that a child won’t try something new.”
About the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is working as a force for good, focused on activities that are designed to support pleasurable food education for children, with the vision that all children form positive food habits for life.
The Kitchen Garden Program model is based on students experiencing regular gardening and cooking activities, learning to grow, cook, prepare and share their own fresh, seasonal, delicious food. This learning is designed to create ripple effects throughout families and the wider community.
Their vision and mission is simple:
Vision: Children form positive food habits for life.
Mission: We provide the inspiration, information, professional learning and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.