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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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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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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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Earlier this year funding was allocated to Stephanie Alexander’s kitchen garden program by the Commonwealth Government. This program has been piloted in Victoria and is providing funding for the development of both food gardens and kitchen facilities. Today Nicola Roxon announced funding to government primary schools to support the development of food gardens and kitchen facilities in primary schools.

The first process is for schools to submit an expression of interest via the website.

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Over the last couple of months Living Schools has been working with Canterbury Council on a youth leadership program to celebrate Youth Environment Day. Through the program, students from four local high schools participated in visioning and strategic planning workshops designed to empower them to take action within their schools and local communities. Projects developed ranged from biodiversity gardens, worm farms and recycling systems to solar panels and rainwater harvesting, demonstrating a broad understanding of environmental issues and their solutions. More importantly, students showed that they have the imaginative vision to design a sustainable future.

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A recent visit to Cringila Public School was an eye opener to the amazing potential of learnscapes for children to learn not just about, for and in the environment, but also to gain an understanding of nutrition, develop healthy social skills and gain confidence and initiative. Teacher and Permaculture designer Aaron Sorenson holds regular sessions in the garden with students and his approach is participatory and hands-on. Students decide which tasks they would like to work on and collaborate with each other to achieve the desired outcome.

Enthusiasm is high and students often attend the garden during breaks as well as in allocated lesson times. Part of this enthusiasm may be due to Aaron’s respect for the children who he refers to as ‘garden ambassadors’. This role is embraced with pride and taken very seriously, with older students mentoring younger ones and taking on greater responsibility as their skills increase. Some children who previously exhibited pronounced behaviour problems have flourished in this learning environment, becoming easier to communicate with and manage. Successful garden learnscapes have been set up in five local schools with more planned for the future.

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