Keep It Fresh: Kitchen Garden

Maggie Beer introduces:
Amanda Orchard – Chef, Maggie Beer Foundation
with Cath Manuel – Therapeutic Horticulturist, Soil to Supper

Module Description:

Whether you have small pots, planter boxes, raised garden beds or a full-sized garden bed, a kitchen garden can make all the difference to the food you prepare, and it’s one of the most effective ways to “keep it fresh”.

A kitchen garden provides so much more than simply a space to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits for cooking. Chefs are able to harvest fresh produce as needed and residents will enjoy the vibrant, just picked textures, flavours, colours and aromas that are so full of nutrients. For those residents who can join in, there are physical and cognitive health benefits too… simply being outside, watching things grow or taking part in a gardening activity can help improve a person’s vitality, meal enjoyment and food intake.

In this module:

  • We talk about the positive benefits a kitchen garden can bring to residents and clients
  • We show you how to get the best results from your kitchen garden
  • And we share recipes and ideas using fresh garden produce

 Learning Outcomes

 When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  •  Understand the value of a kitchen garden in an aged care home
  •  Describe the benefits of creating a kitchen garden in an aged care setting
  •  Explain what should be considered when establishing a garden for residents
  •  Identify appropriate plants for growing in an aged care kitchen garden
  •  Demonstrate ways to make use of produce from the garden



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The Nitty Gritty

  • Duration & Cost

    All of the modules are designed to contain approximately 30 minutes of high quality content plus a self assessment check which could take another 10 to 15 minutes.

    The cost per module is free.

  • What do I get?

    These online training modules are designed to provide important practical skills that will help cooks and chefs provide wholesome, tasty foods for older Australians. On successfully completing each module you will receive:

    - MBF certificate
    - PDF download of key learning
    - MBF recipes presented in each module
    - Enrolment in the MBF Community Forum which encourages sharing of knowledge, answers to questions and access to experts
    - Ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and access to Maggie's expertise

  • Can I do it any time?

    Yes, once you have registered for a module you will be able to complete it at any time.

  • What happens after I complete the course?

    After completion, you will gain access to the MBF Community Forum, a place where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you might have and gain access to ongoing recipes created by the Maggie Beer team and expert chefs.

  • Ask Questions

    Once you've completed the course, you'll gain access to the MBF Community Forum where you'll be able to ask any outstanding questions to experts.

  • Learning Resources

    You will have access to the module PDFs and by enrolling in the MBF Community Forum, ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and Maggie's expertise.

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