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Proudly supported by the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network

To celebrate ALPA’s 40th Anniversary, the ALPA EduGrow School Garden Awards were conducted throughout Term 2 2012. The Awards were open to all schools in ALPA’s five member communities and schools from each community entered the competition.

To read more about the Awards visit the ALPA EduGrow Awards page.


  • The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program has received further funding to 2016 and the program has undergone changes to make it more flexible to schools of different sizes/resources. The program is also now open to non-government schools. The next application round opens on September 4 – so visit the SAKG website to learn more and see if the new arrangements might work for you and your school!
  • NEW Ecofriendly Food School Resources, now available, and include an exciting series of lesson plans and activities aimed at teachers of students in years 2-5. The lesson plans are designed to teach students the relationship between food choice and environmental sustainability through the concepts of food miles and seasonality. These resources have recently been updated to align with the national curriculum and uploaded to the Ecofriendly Food website. They can be downloaded from


This workshop brought strategic stakeholders and schools together to discuss the diverse benefits of garden based learning for students and to provide a forum to address  particular opportunities and challenges pertinent to teachers, schools and community members who wish to develop gardens and garden based learning programs in remote schools.

The Workshop was held at Charles Darwin University on November 16 2011 and attended by 45 stakeholders from education, community and industry organisations and government. The workshop aim was to connect people and to consider strategic avenues and practical actions to better help schools and communities to create effective garden based learning environments and outreach activities.

The following resources are drawn from research undertaken for the workshop.

Gardening in Top End and Central Australian conditions

Resources for school, community and household gardens – developed by people who live and garden in tropical/temperate top end and arid Australia.

  • NEW AUGUST 2013 - New teaching resource, published NT Department of Health, Let’s Dig! A School Garden Resource , includes 4 key components: Nutrition, Gardening, Food Safety and Cooking, can be dowloaded via the following link:
  • Carolyn Nuttall and Janet Millington, Outdoor Classrooms, 2009. This is a great book! Culmination of many years teaching in and out of the classroom, practical gardening experience, and learning how to best integrate a garden into a school community and to weave outdoor classroom through all levels of the curriculum.
  • Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) – Gardens for food, Alice Springs Vegie Companion, A Handbook for growing food in arid Australia, Spring 2010. Courtesy, ALEC.

Alice Springs Vegie Garden Companion

  • Darwin Garden Educators Network (DGEN) – Permaculture Fact Sheets, 2011, Courtesy DGEN.

01- What is Permaculture?

02 – Soil

03 – Pest and Weed Management

04 – Pollination and seed saving

05 – Planting

06 – Water

07 – Recycling

08 – Chickens

09 – Patterns

  • NT Department of Resources, Primary Industries, Growing at Home, gardening fact sheets, 2011.

Visit the Departments website at the following link to download easy ‘how to’ growing guides:  bananas, pumpkin and watermelon.

  • The EON Foundations, Edible Gardens and Thriving Communities program, WA.

Visit the EON Foundations website to access a range of edible gardens resources, Interactive Food Wheel and step by step guide to planning and establishing an edible garden  - materials developed by EON to support school and community gardens in remote Western Australia.

EON Edible Gardens – Useful Resources, program information

Gunawirra Eingana Program Report on pre-school garden

This page is under ongoing development to provide resources and information about, and to support – remote school and community gardens and people.  If you have resources, school garden stories and tips you’d like to share, please be in touch.

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