Since it was opened in 2007, Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project employees and contractors have volunteered at the Onslow Kids Kitchen Garden (OKKG). In 2014 the Shire of Ashburton and the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project formed a community partnership to support the continued success of the garden and its associated educational program.
The OKKG program delivers health and wellbeing outcomes for local students through weekly gardening and cooking classes. It enhances learning at the school through tactile experiences and provides local kids with a chance to connect with and learn about nature.
The program teaches literacy skills through reading and writing recipes, mathematics and nutrition by preparing healthy meals and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning activities such as plant and animal biology, and water and weather systems.
Recently, the OKKG launched its first cookbook, a compilation of students’ recipes grown in their school garden over the past three years.
Development of the cookbook was made possible through the support of the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, and copies have been distributed free-of-charge to the local community.
Chevron Australia Community Engagement Advisor Sam Rigg said all three of my children love their time in the garden and my partner volunteers there, assisting with growing seedlings and general gardening tasks.
“Feedback to date is the community and kids love the new cookbook, there is a sense of pride as the kids flip through it and show you their photos, recipes and produce they’ve grown in the garden,” Sam said.