About the project
Food Stories explores and honours the capacities of land and people to grow food. This National Museum of Australia project focuses on eight primary schools, one from each Australian state and territory, that participate in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Program.
These schools teach children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. They draw on gardening and cooking activities to provide material and inspiration for learning in all curriculum areas.
The Food Stories project features National Museum collection objects from the locations of each of the eight schools. These objects reveal fascinating and useful stories about local food histories and cultures.
Food Stories considers how the ways we grow food today have been shaped and can be inspired by histories of food gardening and agricultural production.
Through sharing stories about places and producers responsible for nourishing so many people, Food Stories hopes to help foster stronger, healthier communities, able to respond creatively to the challenges of keeping our farmlands and gardens productive.
The first community to feature on the Food Stories website is Collingullie, near Wagga, in southern New South Wales.
The primary schools that have so far agreed to be part of the Food Stories project include:
- Yulara Primary School in central Australia
- Monbulk Primary School in southern Victoria
- Collingullie Public School in southern New South Wales
- Majura Primary School in the Australian Capital Territory
- Moonah Primary School in Hobart, Tasmania
- Wiluna Remote Community School in central Western Australia.