More info about the program.


#1 ampersand duck on 17.12.08 at 7:46 am

Yeehhaaaw, missie Zoe hit the gold vein! Cocksuckers!

#2 Zoe on 17.12.08 at 7:54 am

Someone’s been recovering from their op by watching Deadwood, obvs ;)

#3 ampersand duck on 17.12.08 at 8:17 am

Yes ma’am

#4 Dr Sister Outlaw on 17.12.08 at 8:32 am

YAYAYAYAY!!!!! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer school, or one better equipped with a food blogging cowgirl.

Am very pleased that it’s happening in Moonah in Tasmania. For those who don’t know, Moonah is behind the Hobart flanelette curtain, and has lots of kids who might not necessarily grow their own veges.

#5 Crit on 17.12.08 at 7:43 pm

As is Elizabeth in SA.

Very exciting for you and your boys Zoe!

#6 Zoe on 18.12.08 at 8:52 am

Lots of kids here on tiny courtyard blocks, and lots of people in flats and old folks homes that are starting to get involved.

If you’re local and interested in being a kitchen or garden volunteer, I’ll be posting about that next year.

(and Crit, be a while for my boys – the program will start with kids in years 3 – 6)

#7 worldpeace and a speedboat on 18.12.08 at 12:29 pm

WTF is Bondi doing on that list?

I didn’t think vegies needed a million dollar view to grow properly. then again, maybe mine would be three times bigger if they did?

I can’t wait for this to filter through the system. fabulous stuff.

#8 Zoe on 18.12.08 at 12:34 pm

Sheesh, speedy, you get dumped there or something?

Maybe it’s because heaps of the kids live in flats or have tiny yards or courtyards and can’t grow veggies at home? It was a competitive process so they must have something – perhaps lots of business and community support?

These will be the first round of schools in each area (Victoria already has a few), so it will be filtering through to other schools. It’s a Rudd Government election promise, I think, picking up a program Stephanie Alexander’s been running in Vic for a few years.

#9 Helen on 18.12.08 at 2:38 pm

Yes, my son’s school has a vegie garden program and twice a year or so they have a huge cookup. It’s frightening to see how big a bok choy can actually grow.

-”Hobart flanelette curtain” – mmmmph. (Coffee through nose)

#10 worldpeace and a speedboat on 20.12.08 at 1:04 am

I’m snorting at you Zoe :-)

no, didn’t get dumped in Bondi, not even by a wave! hardly go there much because in general, it doesn’t appeal – but really, if you’re thinking of a high density of children without regular access to fresh veg and/or the wherewithall to grow/cook, there’s a shiteload of other places to find ‘em. as you say, probably good business and community support which is A Good Thing wherever it is. I read about the Stephanie programme some time ago and wondering if something so good could be picked up and accessed by more communities – so I’m excited :-)

#11 Julie on 03.01.09 at 9:17 pm

About bloody time the government decided to fund this program across Australia even if it is only at the demonstration stage. I borrowed Stephanie Alexander’s book about the school garden from the library over a year ago and was really impressed with what she and the kids achieved

#12 Zoe on 05.01.09 at 7:23 pm

The demonstration (first) stage involves setting up a “lead school” in each state and territory, then rolling out funding to other schools.

I don’t think it will go to all schools, at least not straight away – there’s around $13 m in funding.

#13 FDB on 14.01.09 at 2:36 pm

So what does Victoria get? Liver chopping classes?

#14 Zoe on 14.01.09 at 2:42 pm

heh. They already have 27 schools running the program. It’s the explanation for my recent blog neglect here – I’m setting up a wiki for us to organise the establishment phase which is eating all my computer time. Verrrrry busy, and sad not to be able to blog such wonders as last night’s tart with leek in basil/sorrel cream topped with a phlanx of (yep!) yellow cherry tomatoes, which was eaten at the river. But here’s pictures:

tomato tart


#15 FDB on 14.01.09 at 2:57 pm

Oh well that’s alright then. I thought I’d seen a fair few very bloody healthy looking veg patches in the local schools. Over at Northcote Primary last spring they had broccoli the size of my head.

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