Journal article

Volunteering in a School Kitchen Garden Program: Cooking Up Confidence, Capabilities, and Connections

M Townsend, L Gibbs, S Macfarlane, K Block, P Staiger, L Gold, B Johnson, C Long

Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations | Springer Nature | Published : 2014


This paper reports on the evaluation of a kitchen garden program in primary schools in Victoria, Australia. It focuses on the motivations, impacts, and issues associated with volunteering in the program. The study revealed that volunteers are drawn from a range of sources, including: families of current and former students, former teachers, local residents, clients of aged care and/or disability services, other schools and communities, local universities, community organizations, the community services sector, and the corporate sector. Benefits to volunteers included: opportunities to use time productively, an increased sense of belonging, learning opportunities, and an increased sense of se..

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