Archive for August, 2009

LAST YEAR, Living Schools in partnership with Pacific Edge consulted for Kogarah Council on the development of:

  • policy directions on community gardening – production of a community gardener’s guide
  • a community consultation process to garner ideas from the municipality and recruit a core group of community gardeners
  • a two-day participatory design processes to develop concept plans for the proposed community garden.

A report on the consultation and participatory design process (‘Community Garden Development for Kogarah Council’) can be found here.

A recent visit to the site of the community garden disclosed that the project is moving ahead rapidly, with a number of shared community garden beds installed and gardeners and others engaged in constructing a strawbale outdoor classroom.

Those with an interest in such things can find a report (‘Collaboration, participation build something new on something old’) at http://pacific-edge.info.

A photo album of the construction can be viewed here


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Are you interested in setting up a food garden at school? Then come and hear from experienced school gardeners and visit their gardens.

Kate Hubmayer (Black Forest Primary School), Deidre Knight (Nazareth Catholic Community), Harry Harrison (Rare Fruit Society) and Karyn Duance (Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Association) share their experience to get you started with food gardening at your school.

  • Tour the large and diverse garden at Black Forest Primary School.
  • Visit the recently constructed veggie gardens at Nazareth College.
  • Discuss garden options with experienced school gardeners siting your garden, materials to use, low budget alternatives.

Saturday 12th September. Start 1.30pm Black Forest Primary School (679 South Rd, Black Forest). Finish 4.15 at Nazareth College (176 Crittenden Rd, Findon).

This is a free event! Nibbles and certificates provided. Bus pickup 1pm and dropoff 4.30 pm at the EDC, Hindmarsh.

Register now, places limited!! Register with Matt Cattanach by phoning (08) 8234 7255 or email matt@kesab.asn.au.

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Check out the progress over just two years!

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Designing with earth – Contemporary construction with natural materials
Sat 26th (10.00am) – Sun 27th September (4pm) 2009
Organised by Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary, Southern Highlands

Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary Inc. is a not for profit organization running weekend residential workshops and retreats on sustainability, arts and spirituality at various locations in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney.

This two day workshop for Architects and Building Professionals will introduce participants to earth building. You will develop an understanding and appreciation for the use of unfired earth as a building material and tool for design. This will incorporate a brief history of earth construction as well as current design principles and technologies. You will learn how to create healthy and energy efficient earth buildings with climate responsive design.

This workshop has a theoretical component as well as a hands-on section involving construction by participants of an earth based structure. The format will give a deeper understanding of the philosophies and techniques discussed in the teaching sessions. This practical experience will unlock the materials’ secrets, magic qualities and reveal its simple beauty.

Peter Hickson is a builder who specialises in earth building in the Shoalhaven area. Peter has completed over fifty earth projects in the 25 years he has been working in the construction industry. He has been conducting earth building workshops for 9 years, has written many articles and presented papers on earth building. Peter has recently been involved with the research and testing of earth structures with the Design, Architecture and Building Faculty at UTS. He has served for many years on the committee of the Earth Building Association of Australia and is currently President of EBAA.

Investment – $545 (earlybird $495 by 7 August). Includes materials, workshop notes, organic vegetarian meals and twin share accommodation in a bushland setting. For more information see www.gudhara.org.au or phone (02) 4884 4467.

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The California School Gardens Network have developed a wonderful kit of resources that are well worth a look. They cover planning, design, maintenance, resources, curriculum integration and much more. Check them out here.

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A new community web space has been established for people passionate about learning in the garden and learnscaping in schools.

Established as a result of last year’s Australian School Gardens Network Gathering in Brisbane, the site is a space where we can all:

  • Post events such as professional development courses, festivals, workshops and celebrations
  • Discuss relevant issues such as curriculum integration and design
  • Share our successes and to learn from others
  • Post photos, videos and units of work that will inspire other educators.

There is also the capacity to create groups within the site that can help you to network and communicate within your project team or school community.

To get involved just visit http://australianschoolgardensnetwork.ning.com.

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