Kitchen Garden

The Manly West Kitchen Garden was built by a group of volunteer parents, students and teachers in 2013.  The first Kitchen Garden classes started with in 2014 with Year 3 with Sarah Lind teaching and Holly Matthews as garden coordinator. It has continued to grow and expand since then with Beth Dowdle who took over as teacher in 2015 and Angie Penn as garden coordinator in 2017.

THRIVE - THE ME Kitchen Garden Cookbook 

THRIVE  has more than 100 recipes, all trialed in the MW test kitchen PLUS helpful hints for the garden like how to cultivate your soil, maintaining a compost bin and keeping a worm farm.


THRIVE is a beautifully designed book filled with photographs, inspiration and so much more.


Order your copy now for only $30 via Flexischools.  THRIVE will be delivered mid-August.


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Volunteer to help

We are always looking for people who can help with regular jobs such as watering the garden and aerating (turning) the compost, or with working bees which are usually once per season, or other smaller projects. Current projects in the pipeline are building a playground library, bee hotels, and a water tank for the K-2 garden. Some people help once a month, some help once a week and some only at working bees. Any help is much appreciated! If you can help, click on the volunteer button. 

What we do

The Kitchen Garden is an outdoor classroom for teachers and students from K-6 for cross curricula lessons in science, visual arts, and mathematics, as well as being a tool for teaching sustainability and environmental education.


The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program currently runs with Year 3 in semester one (Terms 1 & 2) and Year 4 in semester two (Terms 3 & 4). The students in this program learn all aspects of growing an edible organic garden, including the importance of soil, beneficial insects and companion planting. They learn how to build and maintain a compost and worm farm, grow vegetables and other plants from seeds and cuttings, and maintain garden beds. They also learn how to grow vegetables seasonally, harvest produce and to help prepare and taste the food. 



Recent donations to the garden have come from Bunnings Balgowlah (pots and potting mix for the K-2 garden), Northern Beaches Council (compost bins and worm farms) and the wicking garden bed built by Bushlink (donated by Rotary Balgowlah).