Why have an Edible School Gardens Program?The Edible School Garden Program is so much more than just growing some vegies. The edible school garden (sometimes referred to as a Kitchen Garden) is a garden where the soil is full of life and the plants are bursting with nutrients and minerals. We teach the children how to create healthy soils and grow healthy food. The students eat the food from this garden and it is 100% good for them - real food
How does this successful program operate?First students learn about permaculture and design. Then each student produces their own garden design which they present to the class. The class then decides on the final design.
From my experience over the past 5 years at 11 schools and speaking with schools I've worked with, I believe that the ideal situation is to run the Edible School Gardens program for a 12 month period, either one day a week or one day a fortnight. In 12 months you can work with all seasons, record all the information about planting, caring for plants, harvesting, seed saving, propagating, composting, worm farms and green manure crops, keep a journal and create reference folders so the information is all there for the teachers, parents, grandparents and students to empower them with knowledge and confidence so that they too will become part of the program and use the garden as a living classroom.
Consultancy - Edible School Garden Advice
Leonie has had great success not only with teaching children how to learn the importance of an organic garden, she has also enabled teachers to carry on the programme themselves, or in some cases community groups. For further information on how Leonie can advise your particular group or yourself so that you can implement this programme, please just contact us.
Leonie's wealth of experience in regard to Children's Edible School Gardens has been appreciated and valued at Local Council Workshops, Community Groups, Queensland (Nambour) Home Garden Expo (annually, and even the National Conference of Community Gardens & School Gardens plus many more. If you would like Leonie to speak at your next Conference or Meeting, please contact us.
Not on the Sunshine Coast? Order one of the below to help your School or Family Garden:
Edible School Gardens DVD
'Eat Your Garden' Organic Gardening for Home & Schools
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