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ERIC Number: EJ925886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Food for Thought: The Mathematics of the Kitchen Garden
Lyon, Anthony; Bragg, Leicha A.
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v16 n1 p25-32 2011
A kitchen garden is not just a place to grow food for cooking; it is a place of sensory stimulation through extraordinary explorations and investigations into the natural world. A kitchen garden contains vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible flowers, and/or ornamental plants; and animals such as chickens for supplying eggs, as well as manure for composting. The Stephanie Alexander Foundation believes that by teaching children in a pleasurable way about growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing food, they can create a significant force for change. Many schools build on the Stephanie Alexander Foundation's philosophy of positively influencing children's food choices through creating their own kitchen gardens to promote healthy eating. Incorporating a kitchen garden infrastructure into primary schools allows students to witness first hand how the produce they eat regularly is grown. In this article, the authors describe a kitchen garden project with upper primary school children at Wooranna Park Primary School in North Dandenong, Melbourne. They also outline how mathematics may be integrated with other areas of the curriculum when creating a kitchen garden and harvesting fresh produce. (Contains 4 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia