William Angliss Institute

Sensory education in the Angliss raingarden

Bachelor of Food Studies students were transported back to their childhood, during a sensory education class conducted by representatives from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Learning about the creation of education programs from a child’s perspective, the group were encouraged to explore the Angliss raingarden and to create a salad from the food they picked.

Sensory education is an essential part of the Bachelor of Food Studies, creating the necessary skills for students to effectively communicate knowledge to a non-specialist audience. Gaining knowledge through hands-on cooking and practical engagement with food enables them to expertly engage with the wider community.
 
With a focus on positive food education, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation teaches students to grow produce, and to use it to prepare nutritious food.
 
Role-playing as their eight-year old selves, the students were encouraged to explore the Angliss raingarden using all five senses. For some of the group with a limited exposure to kitchen gardens, it was a wonderful adventure to see vegetables before they are harvested and packaged for consumption.
 
“I found the session really eye-opening to realise that many young children don’t have exposure to practices such as growing and picking vegies in a garden. It’s shown me education from a different angle and I see this as an empowering program,” said student Pat Drapac.

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