Slow Food Noosa Incorporated is supporting local growers and food artisans as well as promoting the Slow Food philosophy. All of our events embrace not only the Slow Food way but also raise much-needed funds to support our community. Our events assist projects and people who are making a positive difference in the community and promoting the Slow Food philosophy.
Slow Food Noosa School Garden Program
FROM GARDEN TO PLATE
ARTICLE FROM NOOSA TODAY, MAY 22 2019
With the help of Slow Food Noosa, Sunshine Beach State School is taking classes outside for their new ‘Garden to Plate’ program.
The school has a thriving permaculture garden which has developed over many years with the help of volunteer parents and community members.
Recently, the school received a $3000 grant from Slow Food Noosa to install an outdoor kitchen and add more garden beds to the already successful permaculture garden.
They are now able to implement a new ‘Garden to Plate’ program this year with a focus on discovering the cycle of seed to harvest and understanding the process involved in getting the produce to plates.
The local branch of a global grassroots organisation, Slow Foods Noosa, believes that everyone has the fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and recognises the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.
World-renowned chef Matt Golinski plays a large part in the Slow Foods movement in Noosa. At a recent Slow Foods morning tea held at Tait House community garden, Matt spoke of his love for the garden and the real importance of fresh produce in meal preparation.
Teacher Bec Kennett said that with the grant money, the school purchased a large outdoor stainless-steel kitchen bench, from which they prepare harvested produce.
“This allows our students to prepare food straight from the garden hence the program name ‘Garden to Plate’,” she said.
“We look forward to a fruitful harvest later in the year full of celebration in partnership with all involved.”
The permaculture, outdoor kitchen and outdoor learning hub is becoming a popular alternative to lessons in the classrooms, with teachers rotating their classes throughout the days.
THE SCHOOLS GARDEN PROJECT has been an ongoing major project to engage and support primary school children through the sponsorship to help selected schools build School Gardens donating more than $40,000 to six Sunshine Coast schools over six years. A further $10,000 has been donated to the program in 2019. We thank all of our supporters and those who have contributed to and attended our events for helping us to achieve this.
Current International Projects
- Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats… Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.
- 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa project
Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair food gardens in African schools and villages means guaranteeing communities have a supply of fresh, healthy food, but also training a network of leaders aware of the value of their land and their culture who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future. For more information visit 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa