A kitchen garden program for women of migrant and refugee backgrounds is being sponsored by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband Mr Anthony Howard QC, as part of their vision to open up Government House and its grounds to the Victorian community.

About the program

The Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program involves the women visiting Government House weekly, to take part in activities together such as cooking, gardening and handicrafts, as well as enjoying tours of the House and garden.

The program provides the participants with an opportunity to enjoy the company of other women in an inclusive environment and to build social connections, develop an increased sense of belonging in their community and to practise their English language skills.

About 25 women participate in the program each school term. They are members from Community Hubs in schools across Melbourne and are encouraged to reconnect with participants once the program has ended.

Participants volunteer to be part of the program and select their preferred program activities.

A horticulturist is employed to maintain the kitchen garden.

The program was developed in partnership with Community Hubs Australia and the Scanlon Foundation.

Gallery: Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program in 2017

The program in action

Visit the Nine News website for a short video on the Kitchen Garden program, presented by Jo Hall.