Kitchen gardens

Sustainability action process

Our schools and communities can grow food in a garden called a ‘kitchen garden’. Fresh produce from these gardens can have a lower environmental impact than produce transported long distances, stored for long periods or grown in ways that can harm the environment and Earth's resources.

Growing fresh produce has learning, health, sustainability and social benefits.

Secondary students working in the school's kitchen garden

Sustainability action process

The sustainability action process provides a scaffold for teachers and students to investigate real issues and needs. It supports authentic problem solving through active student participation.

The sustainability action process has five steps:

  • make the case for change
  • explore options for action
  • develop the proposal for action
  • implement the proposal for action
  • reflect and evaluate.