Archive for July, 2009

A unique two-day professional development seminar for teachers, parents and educators.

Time: 14 and 15 September 2009
Location: Griffith University Eco Centre and Northey Street City Farm

* Participate in workshops and activities designed to help you develop your own ideas
* Meet others who share your interest for learning in the garden and share experiences
* Learn to design and manage sustainable systems associated with the garden
* Explore how to fund your project and develop partnerships with the wider community
* Learn how to build commitment and ownership within the school community
* Become a part of a strong network of supportive local educators

Cost: 2 days: $300 (waged), $200 (unwaged), 1 day: $150 (waged), $100 (unwaged). Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Limited number of subsidised places available.

Registrations due Friday 4th September Places are limited

For details: email litg@growingcommunities.org.au or call 0413 660 826.

Learning in the Garden is presented by Growing Communities, a non-profit organisation working to assist schools and communities develop gardens for learning.


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On 16th July 2009, eight teachers, parents and volunteers of Nashville State School’s wondrous food garden participated in a full day Permaculture Design workshop, giving them a range of skills for maintaining the various natural and developed systems that make up a functioning garden.

Participants learned about integrated pest management, relative placement of elements, soil fertility management (including composting) as well as gaining a strong understanding of the ecological principles that underpin this sustainable design system.

Many participants were surprised to discover that Permaculture design is not synonymous with organic gardening, but is actually a system or approach that can be applied to many aspects of life including human social systems, educational methods and economic structures.

The day was lots of fun and participants are looking forward to a cming wokshop in organic growing techniques, followed by a session on linking curriculum to the school garden.

The workshops have been developed for the school by Growing Communities and Living Schools.

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A Professinal Development short course to be held in Melbourne, Victoria commences September 28th, 2009. A successful collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne and Cultivating Community brings the best of Melbourne’s school garden expertise, educators and horticuluralists to share inspiring information and stories. It is a course designed for those wanting hands on practical activities and ideas that will sustain students and staff in fun, outdoor education and connection to nature. Check their website for full details.

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