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On Wednesday 13 November, Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH)’s Health Promotion team organised an inspiring day of training for the local cluster of schools and early learning centres, based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School in Lakes Entrance played host to the 16 schools represented. Mike Ryan is the program leader at St Brendan’s and has an incredible garden, which is the result of years of commitment by staff and volunteers. 

On the day, participants toured the school’s multiple outdoor zones used for growing food, indigenous garden, contemplative labyrinth and enchanted garden used for free play and storytelling. 

Sam and Steph from Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Foundation, bought their voluminous knowledge and led the group through a shared cooking experience, which culminated in a magnificent shared lunch. 

Hot topics for discussion were how to make successful compost, wicking beds for drought tolerance, engaging volunteers on a regular basis, and the benefits of pleasurable food education for young people.

Stay tuned for another training day in 2020. Anyone wishing to volunteer in the many local school programs can contact Jane Christie at GLCH to register their interest. Volunteer training will be offered to successful volunteer candidates.

This training day was financially supported by the PCP Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) network.