School Competitions

Food Ladder School Recipe Challenge

We are excited to announce our School Recipe Challenge for Term 4 2022. Entries open week 1 of Term 4 and close on the 2nd of December. 

Get your school, class, and students involved in creating a recipe using fresh healthy produce grown in your school garden, and be in the running for great prizes. You also get the chance to have your recipe published on the Food Ladder education platform with the top 5 recipe’s published.

All you need to do is create the most interesting recipe, and prepare a delicious dish or condiment, utilising your choice of either Choy or Basil as the hero ingredient.

Prizes Include

Container hydroponic growing system for schools with a Food Ladder greenhouse. Vege Pod Mini Greenhouse for schools with a kitchen garden Plus prizes for classes and individual students

Challenge Details:

Create a recipe using fresh healthy produce grown in your school garden.
The Challenge is to create the most interesting recipe, and prepare a delicious dish or condiment, utilising your choice of either Choy or Basil as the hero ingredient. This challenge is open to all schools and their students who are registered on the Food Ladder Education Platform. See link below to register if needed.

Schools are able to submit multiple entries, enabling individual classes and students to be involved.

Your Submission:

  • Your submission, or entry, needs to include the following; 200-300 words on why this recipe has been chosen, whether the produce was grown at the school, and what has been learnt during this process.
  • Pictures and/or video of the process (so we can see class involvement) with permission to publish to our social media. This can include TikTok, Intsagram, school Facebook posts. This can include images of students preparing the dish, cooking the dish, and enjoying eating the dish.
  • Photos of the finished dish plus a copy of the recipe used

Entries open week 1, Term 4, 2022 and close 2nd December
Email your submission to [email protected]

For any questions please don’t hesitate to email [email protected]

CLOSED: Win the Food Ladder ‘Growing Minds Pack’ valued at over $2,000

Entering is easy, all you have to do is:

  1. Implement the Food Ladder ‘Growing By Numbers Curriculum’ in your class over term 1 in 2022
  2. Submit a poster or 2 min video showcasing your research project at the end of term 1

This competition is a fantastic opportunity to experience the exciting Growing by Numbers Curriculum developed by Food Ladder. This curriculum has an overall focus on learning how to grow healthy plants and is designed to support students’ develop:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Data analysis

The curriculum is hands-on and encourages learning by doing through project-oriented lessons that are easyfor teachers to implement. 

Food Ladder is a not-for-profit organisation and our mission is to empower students to learn how to grow their own fresh and nutritious food.

The winning teams will be awarded a number of consultations or a visit (depending on location) with our expert horticulturalists to discuss your current school garden or plans for a new one! Valued at over $2,000 the ‘Growing Minds Pack’ includes 12 months-worth of seeds including Indigenous bush food varieties that will take your school garden to the next level! 

Additionally, each entry will go into the draw to win a bespoke online cooking lesson with our culinary health manager so that students can transform the produce grown in the school garden into nutritious, easy to make meals.  

Who can enter?

Open to all classes in the below age groups: 
Years 5 & 6 (Junior division) 
Years 7 & 8 (Middle division)
Years 9 & 10 (senior division)


You are able to watch a short video about Growing by Numbers here. This video provides an introduction to Growing by Numbers and how to use the Teachers Guide. The curriculum can be found on our free Platform which houses resources for teachers to support learning outcomes. Please login or establish an account here

A poster for the competition and brochure on the school systems can be found below.

If you could circulate this through your networks to any schools that may be interested in entering that would be greatly appreciated. 

Watch a video of Kintore St here
Watch the Sorrell School video here

We are committed to rolling out 14 Food Ladder Greenhouse Systems in 2022, we hope that your school becomes a part of our nation-wide movement.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Have a great day!

2021 School Competition – Leonora District High Winner!

Leonora is located 830km North East of Perth, WA. Classified as ‘very remote’ the school has an ECSEA value of 736. Catering from kindergarten aged children, to year 12 the school has 108 students, 69% of which are Indigenous. 66% of the children speak indigenous dialect at home.

For further information on the Food Ladder School Systems see the brochure below. Click on the image or link to view or download the PDF.

For further information please email [email protected].