Garden to Table


Garden to table program

The Garden to table program's main aim is to improve access for residents to and knowledge of healthy, affordable food, and to increase the community's capacity to implement sustainable food and gardening practices into their everyday lives. The programs secondary aim is to increase social connectedness and cohesion through building community connections to community groups who have an interest in health and sustainability. The Garden to table program was established in 2015 and it involves a number of initiatives and activities that are outlined below.

Activities and Events 

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Past events 


Healthy Cooking for Solo Seniors: Cook Chill Chat

Healthy Cities Illawarra in partnership with Kiama Council, ran a Cook Chill Chat program for solo seniors. The 12-week program provided seniors the opportunity to get together in a friendly space to cook and share healthy meals and explore what’s happening out there in the community.


Grow Herbs for Health & Wellbeing Workshop

Herbs are one of the easiest groups of plants to grow so come along and learn how to grow and use them! They can be used in cooking, teas, as well as for fragrance and healing. Join expert garden facilitator Kathy Finigan from My Productive Backyard in the lovely Kiama Community Garden for an intro workshop into growing and using herbs. Beginners to experts welcome! This workshop is brought by Wild Rumpus, in partnership with Kiama Community Garden and Kiama Municipal Council. 


Kiama Farmers' Market VIP Tour and Kids Cooking Classes

Kiama Municipal Council and Kiama Farmers' Market joined forces in 2016 to hold two Kiama Famers' Market VIP tours. Participants were introduced to local farmers, producers and growers, giving them the opportunity to taste and learn about our regions local produce. We also partnered with the Kiama Farmers' Markets to hold two kids pizza cooking classes using delicious market sourced produce. The event aimed to teach basic cooking skills and healthy eating principals to children between 5 and 12 years of age. Participants got the opportunity to work in pairs and prepare healthy pizzas from scratch.

Healthy Cooking for Solo Seniors: Cook Chill Chat

Two groups completed a 6-week series of cooking class as part of the Cook Chill Chat program run by Healthy Cities Illawarra at Gerringong Town Hall. The groups continued to cook and share a healthy meal together monthly until December 2017. The program was designed for seniors who are carers or live solo and would like to get into the kitchen in a fun and easy going way. The aim of the program was to increase social connectedness amongst the Illawarra community through community cooking groups to ultimately improve physical and mental health.

Locals Long Lunch

Kiama Council partnered with the Hidden Harvest and local producers to host a Locals Long Lunch showcasing local produce, sustainable food practices and reduction of food waste in a laid back, social setting.The event was all about getting to know your neighbours over a casual 3 course meal and discover just how fresh and fabulous our region's produce can be.  


Permaculture Workshops 

The Garden to Table permaculture workshop series held in 2015 included workshops on Designing an Edible Garden, Foundations of an Abundant Kitchen Garden & Quality Soil, Planting an Abundant Kitchen Garden, and Fruit Trees for the Suburban Backyard. These workshops were facilitated by Aaron Sorenson & Dan Deighton who together developed the cutting edge 'Living Classroom and Garden Ambassadors Program' and facilitate Permaculture Design Courses for Brogo Permaculture Gardens and Permaculture Sydney Institute.