Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
Funds raised from the Bentleigh Farmers Market will primarily be used to provide secure funding for the schools wonderful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.
"What a marvellous location for a fabulous new farmers’ market! I was so delighted to hear about the history of this site and to know that once again it will offer fresh food direct from the farm to the food lovers of the area. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is proud that we are positively influencing the students at East Bentleigh Primary School to grow some of their own food, to try the unfamiliar and discover how delicious freshly harvested food can be, especially when you know how to turn it into a delicious dish. Now parents and friends will be able to come on down every month and fill their baskets, knowing that the farmers’ market not only offers great food to buy, but that the funds raised will assist the school to continue this great program." - Stephanie Alexander, Feb 2013.
Community Involvement in the MarketAs an integral part of the local community, Bentleigh Farmers’ Market endeavours to empower the relationship between local community groups and the school community. The Bentleigh Farmers' Market has financially supported many community organisations in return for their help in running our markets. Local community groups that we have supported include:
Coast Guard - Frankston
Moorabbin ScoutsHighett Footy ClubBrady Rd KindergartenEast Bentleigh Child Care CentreTaraleigh Steiner PreschoolCheltenham Secondary College- World Challenge Team
The school also invites community groups to hold free stalls at the market. We generally offer one free stall per market. Some of the community groups we have supported so far include:
Bayside Climate Change Action GroupSustainability Department - City of Glen EiraMoorrabbin Area Toy LibraryTaraleigh Steiner PreschoolOzHarvest
We welcome expressions of interest from local community groups wanting to hold a stall at our market to provide information on their services to the wider public. Please get in contact with the market organisers if you would like to hold a community stall at one of our markets.