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