See how they grow

Staying fresh: Stephanie Alexander, with Youssef and Grace, is delighted with Meadows Primary School’s gardening progress. Picture: Scott McNaughtonMEADOWS Primary School in Broadmeadows was abuzz when celebrity chef Stephanie Alexander visited last week.
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While at the school, Ms Alexander announced $5.4 million of federal government funding for her Kitchen Garden program.

The program is aimed at teaching students the benefit of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh food.

At present, 267 schools have joined the program.

The funding will allow a further 400 schools to get involved.

Meadows Primary has run the program since last year, with 164 children from years 3-6 now involved.

Grade 6 student leader Youssef welcomed Ms Alexander to the school before she sat down with others to enjoy a lunch cooked by the students with produce they had grown in the school’s garden.

“If it wasn’t for you, Stephanie, supporting us we wouldn’t have a kitchen garden program,” Youssef said.

Ms Alexander said it was great to see the school making the most of the program.

“I haven’t been to this part of Melbourne for a very long time and it’s been fantastic to see the new facilities and see how exceptional the gardens are.

“I’m very envious of the brussels sprouts and the cabbages.”

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