What is Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project all about ?
Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project aims to encourage children to develop a love of food and cooking as well as the skills and knowledge to keep themselves healthy.
To do this, we have developed a range of beautiful resources for schools and nurseries which include delicious Jamie Oliver recipes, lesson plans, helpful teaching notes, growing units, curriculum-linked activities and nutrition information.
They are designed to give teachers the confidence to captivate children through food, encouraging an understanding of the natural progression from garden to kitchen as well as supporting statutory cooking requirements set out in the national curriculum for England.
What we believe
We believe that cooking is a fundamental life skill that is just as important as reading, writing and maths. We need to get back to basics; to grow, cook and eat fresh, local produce, and we need to pass cooking skills and food knowledge on to the next generation.
Introducing children to fresh fruits and vegetables at a young age is a fundamental first step towards developing healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
We aim to inspire schools across the country to get involved in food education in a practical way. We want everyone to roll up their sleeves, get stuck in and work together to create something that will change current and future generations’ relationship with food.
Where is the project available?
The Kitchen Garden Project resources have been written to meet the needs and standards of education set out in the national curriculum in England, where cooking and growing are compulsory. They are available to school and nurseries through the Food for Life programme which operates in England and Wales.
For schools outside the UK, visit our friends at the Edible Schoolyard Project, The Good Foundation and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation for more great material to help get your school cooking and growing. And, of course, remember to join us on Food Revolution Day to help keep cooking skills alive.