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Food Stories uses objects from the National Museum's collection to share stories about productive places, food gardeners, farmers and cooking. The project explores local food histories and cultures and features primary schools taking part in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Program.

Places and objects

Read stories about Museum objects and the food history of each area.

Background

In 2013 Food Stories was launched by the National Museum in conjunction with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Program and participating schools.

The Food Stories project features National Museum collection objects from the locations of each participating school. These objects reveal fascinating and useful stories about local food histories and cultures.

Students from partner schools learn about objects from their area through online activities. The Museum is working with the Stephanie Alexander Foundation to develop curriculum resources that highlight objects and the food stories they hold.

By 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.

Classroom resources

Find classroom activities and primary sources to explore the past and present of Australian food production and consumption.

Classroom resources

Participating schools

Seven primary schools are currently taking part in the Food Stories project:

  • Aldinga Beach School, South Australia
  • Chelona State School, Queensland
  • Collingullie Public School, New South Wales
  • Majura Primary School, Australian Capital Territory
  • Monbulk Primary School, Victoria
  • Moonah Primary School, Tasmania
  • Wiluna Remote Community School, central Western Australia
  • Yulara Primary School, Central Australia.

Logo for Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Includes a graphic of a red watering can and the text 'Growing, harvesting, preparing, sharing'.

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