Garden to Table Mission: To teach children how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
Healthy Futures believes that teaching children how to grow and cook their own food truly sets them up for a life of making healthy food choices. That’s why we’ve chosen to support schools in the greater Wellington region to set up and run the Garden to Table programme.
"I never used to like vegetables until I did Garden to Table - now I ask my mum to buy them, especially broccoli." Child from Cannons Creek School.
Garden to Table School students learn how to:
Create and look after a garden growing vegetables, herbs and fruit
Harvest and cook fresh produce from their school gardens
Work as a team and share the food they have prepared around the table with their classmates, teachers and volunteers
Want to see what happens in a Garden to Table lesson and find out more about why we so passionately support it?
Watch this four minute video clip, put together by the Morgan Foundation in 2015.
What teachers, children and their families say about their Garden to Table experiences:
“The children have excelled in learning to cook meals that they would not otherwise have at home and have surprised themselves at how wonderfully tasty and healthy the food can be… One of the most worthwhile things our school has invested in." Teacher at Cannons Creek School
“I was too scared to try zucchini but when I saw all my friends eating the fritters, I didn’t want to miss out. I tried them and they were delicious!” Child from Cannons Creek School
“She came home and taught me how to hold a knife safely and now often chops up the veges for our dinner.” Parent from Cannons Creek School
“He never wants to miss Garden to Table day at school and always makes sure he is on time”. Parent from Maoribank School
How did Healthy Futures get involved with Garden to Table schools?
Healthy Futures supports initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. We saw that the Garden to Table programme would fulfil these criteria and provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to make informed healthy choices in the future.
In 2013, Healthy Futures approached the Garden to Table Trust with a view to bringing their fantastic skills-based programme to schools in the greater Wellington region. Healthy Futures worked with Garden to Table to set up the first Garden to Table School in the Wellington region at Cannons Creek Primary School, and 4 years later we continue to support the school on their Garden to Table journey. Members of the Healthy Futures team volunteer their time on a weekly basis to teach the children at Cannons Creek School to cook nutritious food made from produce grown in the school’s garden.
Since 2013, we’ve assisted seven other Wellington schools to establish the Garden to Table programme. Our funding helps to ensure the financial viability of Garden to Table in these schools and is used to fund:
Staff costs to teach the gardening and cooking classes
Kitchen equipment and weekly pantry staples
Gardening equipment such as seeds, gardening stakes, compost systems, greenhouses & irrigation
Our financial support continues throughout the school's first three years running Garden to Table, enabling the programme to be embedded in the school.
Wellington Garden to Table schools
Healthy Futures is proud to be supporting the following Wellington schools to run their Garden to Table programmes:
Cannons Creek Primary, Porirua
Pukeatua Primary School, Wainuiomata
Maoribank School, Upper Hutt
St Anne’s Primary School, Newtown
Holy Cross Primary School, Miramar
Newtown Primary School, Newtown
Ngati Toa School, Porirua
Greenacres School, Tawa
How you can support Garden to Table
Volunteer - Garden to Table classes rely on adult volunteers working with small groups of children. It’s fun and rewarding and you can pass on your kitchen or gardening skills (or learn at the same time as the children!). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be involved as a volunteer.
Donate - if you’d like to help us provide funding to new Wellington schools, click here.
$15 buys pantry supplies for a school for 1 week;
$50 buys garden supplies for a term.
$150 would fill a whole term
For more information on the Garden to Table Programme click here.