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The School Edible Garden

MEC Assignment 1
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Sean Griffin

on 6 September 2012

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The School
Edible Garden (Garrett, 2011) "Students to grow food in their own kitchen garden, building healthy and enjoyable eating habits.” Volunteers bring both knowledge and experiences.
Allowing more diversity to occur within class projects.
Smaller groups of children mean more adult supervision and consequences a safer learning environment.
Community groups include a) Rotary Group b) Bendigo Bank c) Local Restaurants d) Farmers Market. Community Involvement A section of the school needs to be devoted to this project.
Needs a sunny, open position with a water and a shed.
Area where deliveries of compost or mulch to be received.
Fencing off the area of garden beds. Site Selection Set up a functional edible garden.
A monthly produce stall to sell what’s been harvested will raise funds to help the program be self-sufficient. Current Objective Develop an outdoor kitchen to fully utilize the produce grown.
A covered area for classes this includes maybe a rotunda with shade blinds to stop winds and hot sun or a large teepee.
Develop an Aquaponics system. Future Prospects The waste of the fish becomes the fertilizer as the water is pumped from the pond, to the plants, which is on a higher level. The water will then go past the plants and end back in the same pond again. Very little water is wasted and the water loss can be measured and graphed. The plants can be grown under different conditions, outside, glasshouse and with Aquaponics. What is Aquaponics? Implement sustainable practices in gardens and kitchens and explore a hands-on education in sustainability.
Food miles what this is and why it is important to grow local in an organic way.
Worm farms and compost –recycling example for children leftovers and discarded materials will break down and be used as fertilizer for plants.
Worms are of great interest to children and are also a good indicator that the garden is healthy.
Harvesting rainwater and using it on the garden is an important issue for the garden. Sustainability Literacy procedure writing and creative writing.
Mathematics, measurement compass reading.
Data collection such as rainfall, temperature and chemical change.
Mini beasts find creatures in the garden and research them.
Art projects such as tiles, teepees, sculpture and scarecrow making. Other Areas of learning Promotes healthy eating and physical activity and links directly and the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education
Seeds are cheap and quick growing for the children to see results in a short space of time.
Many science projects can be introduced and seem relevant in a garden program.
Promotes sustainability in a very visible way
Encourages teamwork and they will have to use garden tools
Helps with students fine and gross motor skills by doing things such as seed sowing wheelbarrow maneuvering.
Not all students learn in the same way, some students will learn by kinetics and a physical job such as this would be ideal. Pro's Using some dangerous tools such as secateurs, pitchforks and spades.
Need to be aware of allergies within the class
Students are dealing with the elements, both hot and cold
Need to be aware when dealing with organic materials such as manure. Con's Create a holistic and meaningful garden and education program
Integrates the school curriculum and supports effective learning outcomes across many subjects.
The gardens can be constructed bed by bed with a master plan in mind.
A food element to compliment the garden in the next project would be advisable.
Engage students who may not necessarily thrive in an academic environment.
Promotes a positive involvement with the community ensuring an ongoing relationship.
Building self-esteem as will seeing the results of the vegetables Benefits Presented by Sean Griffin So let's get gardening
at school Another learning environment http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2613541.htm
http://www.jamieoliver.com/kitchen-garden-project/news.php
http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/
http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/uploads//02%20ABOUT%20THE%20PROGRAM/pdf/kgevaluation_full_report.pdf
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=1390&h=0 These are a few the web sites to help you on a food journey References
Garrett, P. (2011). Learning Centre to Produce Kitchen and Garden Specialists. Ministers' Media Centre, from http://ministers.deewr.gov.au/garrett/learning-centre-produce-kitchen-and-garden-specialists

Littledyke, M. T., N; Eames, C. (2009). Education for Sustainability in the Primary Curriculum: Palgrave Macmillan. The waste of the fish becomes the fertilizer as the water is pumped from the pond, to the plants, which is on a higher level. The water will then go past the plants and end back in the same pond again. Very little water is wasted and the water loss can be measured and graphed. The plants can be grown under different conditions, outside, glasshouse and with Aquaponics "Education for sustainable development is a life-wide and lifelong endeavour which challenges individuals, institutions and societies to view tomorrow as a day that belongs to all of us, or it will not belong to anyone." (Littledyke, 2009)
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