Diamond Valley Library has a thriving community garden and Garden Maker Space which is a member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. In our Maker Space, we run regular garden events, demonstrations, and workshops, and we have a variety of equipment available for use as well as a much-loved mud kitchen.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation aims to help children form positive food habits for life, by embedding gardening in food education. It’s a great fit for us as it teaches kids to know where their food comes from, and to be involved in all aspects of food preparation, including the growing!
Diamond Valley Library has been a member of the foundation for some years, and this year we’re introducing a new after school program to introduce primary kids to gardening and cooking. We’ll be planting and growing our own food in the community garden, harvesting, cooking, and (most importantly) eating the delicious results. In our first session, we planted green and purple beans and chickpeas, which are already starting to sprout. We’re looking forward to cooking lots of yummy vegetable dishes from our vegie garden, as well as using some of our own herbs. We’ll experiment, try new things, and find all sorts of amazing things to do with fresh produce.
For those that love planting but want to see the results at your own home, we also have packets of seeds available from our seed library – take them home, plant them, and when you get seeds from your harvest, bring them in to share with everybody else.
The Kitchen Garden After School program runs on the second Tuesday of each month, from 3.45pm–5.00pm. The next session is 10 March.