Our program manager Jo in the garden with two students at East Tamar Primary School

May 2024

Cultivating a Positive Food Culture

Learning to grow and cook fresh food is transformative. It connects us with ourselves, the natural world and our communities. At 24 Carrot Gardens, we want all young people to feel empowered to cultivate a positive food culture, and we’ve started in the communities that need it most.

Since breaking ground in 2014, we have reached over 4,100 young people through our kitchen garden program. Each student that encounters the program is engaged over multiple years of their school life. We now grow, cook and share seasonal food in 24 schools across Lutruwita / Tasmania, with over 260 hours of hands-on learning happening every week, led by 41 skilled and passionate educators — our Garden and Kitchen Specialists! 

We have celebrated at 7 Carnivals and hosted more than 100 interdisciplinary workshop days, weaving together seasonal food with art, music, science and beauty — because learning is more fun when it’s creative and inquiry-led. We have tended hundreds of compost heaps, sown thousands of seeds, harvested countless kilos of wondrously wonky produce and turned it into delicious meals to enjoy together.

We love to see students observing seasonal change, nurturing plants, building gross motor skills, discovering new interests, gaining confidence, trying new foods, sharing with friends, and coming back for seconds (and thirds!).

A group of students from East Tamar Primary's school Kitchen Garden program pose for a group photo

Big smiles from the kitchen garden students at East Tamar Primary School at their garden opening in April 2024

Reflecting on 10 years, our team couldn’t be prouder, and we are filled with radical hope for the 10 years to come.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our fearless founder Kirsha Kaechele, foundational partners, grant givers, philanthropists, in-kind service providers, volunteers, community members and advocates. Whether it’s donating dollars, design expertise, an extra pair of hands or a truckload of compost — we couldn’t do what we do without you!

If you would like to support 24 Carrot Gardens into the future, become a Regular Donor today.

Words by Minna Bright, 24 Carrot Gardens Project Lead

Photos by Melanie Kate and Yasmin Mund