We believe that providing children with the tools they need to grow food from seed and prepare nutritious meals from scratch, equips them with some of life’s most valuable skills.
The Kitchen Garden Project is an outdoor learning programme teaching children how to plant food from seed and grow it to cook with. It also provides opportunities for children to reconnect with nature and the environment in an educational setting.
In 2016, Caring Cooks launched the Kitchen Garden Project, with Samares School in St Clement, Mont Nicolle School in St Brelade, and St Luke’s School in St Saviour.
The project was a prelude to the Let’s Get Cooking Programme, to enable the schools to start growing produce that would be picked and used to prepare simple tasty meals in the Caring Cooks kitchens in schools.
The project is now live in 6 schools in Jersey – along with Grand Vaux School, Janvrin School and La Moye School.
We are thrilled to have been able to develop the project further at Samares School with the installation of 6 new raised beds, water butts and a new fenced off growing area for tomatoes, herbs and other delicate produce.
We are also now able to teach and cook outside on our outdoor kitchen worktop, using the firepit and pizza oven we have at the school – the first of it’s kind in Jersey.
This development wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Appleby, Geomarine and Waitrose, along with the amazing people at Les Amis, to whom we are very grateful.