EDUGROW HANDY TIPS & RESOURCES, 2014
FREE, ONLINE SCHOOL GARDENING AND CURRICULUM RESOURCES
The Department of Health, Northern Territory Government, Let’s Dig! A School Garden Resource.
Let’s Dig! specially developed for NT schools and launched in 2013 . It provides excellent teaching materials and suggestions, with sections on nutrition, gardening, food safety and cooking. Download and print from: http://health.nt.gov.au/Nutrition_and_Physical_Activity/Publications/index.aspx
Australian Organic Schools - Curriculum Materials
Visit http://www.organicschools.com.au to learn more and http://www.organicschools.com.au/teaching-resources/curriculum-materials/ to download materials.
Australian Organic Schools is designed to support schools to incorporate organic food gardens and student learning outcomes into their school curriculum.The curriculum material consists of 32 lessons within 10 topics. Each topic contains student worksheets, assessments and extensive teacher background information. Lessons are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, complement school subject areas and include ideas and resources for running hands-on activities outdoors and in the classroom. The curriculum resources have been developed for primary schools; however some lessons are suitable to adapt to preschool and lower secondary school levels.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
For over ten years the not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKG) has been working closely with teachers, students and education departments. SAKG make available a selection of curriculum resources freely available to the public. SAKG have created a curriculum matrix listing every activity in the Tools for Teachers series against the relevant Learning Area and Strand of the Australian Curriculum. This handy reference tool makes planning for your kitchen, garden and classroom activities quicker and easier by allowing you to find the activity for specific learning areas and year levels at a glance. Visit the link below to see what FREE curriculum tools and resources you can download as well as the option to download the SAKG Curriculum Matrix: http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/index.php?nodeId=128
NEW Links to new teaching resources you can freely download: http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/about-us/the-program/teaching-resources
New units from the Tools for Teachers series which can be readily downloaded for use in the classroom.
Window on the World
Practical Numeracy in the Kitchen and Garden
Friend or Foe?
Seasonal Cycles and Australia’s History
Acidity in the Soil
Using literacy, numeracy and science skills in the kitchen and garden
Downloadable resources that contain an array of simple ideas to help you draw on and extend students’ literacy, numeracy and science skills in your kitchen and garden classes.
Literacy in the kitchen
Numeracy in the kitchen Science in the kitchen Literacy in the garden
Numeracy in the garden Science in the garden
GREAT BOOKS FOR TOP END GARDENS
- Carolyn Nuttall’s permaculture for schools book, Outdoor Classrooms.
- Leonie Norrington’s popular book, Tropical Food Gardens– a guide to growing fruit, herbs and vegetables
- Environment CentreNT, Top End Gardening– your practical guide to establishing a productive garden
Note: If your school participated in EduGrow 2013 your school will have received copies of the above books as part of the EduGrow Garden Information Kit 2013 that was sent to your school. These books may be in your school library or last years EduGrow School Garden Team Leader may have them!
LEAFY GREEN FOOD FACT SHEETS AND THE REMOTE GARDENS GUIDE
ACIAR’s Twelve Handy Fact Sheets about Nutritious Leafy Green Vegetables for Tropical Areas.
These fact sheets are all about how to grow twelve nutritious leafy green vegetables that are ideal for tropical areas. They include nutritional and other data, were developed by ACIAR and kindly shared with RIG Network. Good gardening and teaching resources! Download and print them from:
Food and other gardens in and about remote communities: A Guide – planning considerations and project opportunities.
This guide was commissioned by FAHCSIA and published by RIG Network in 2013. It includes information about design, planning and management considerations for sustainable gardens along with information about practical garden building blocks, different types of gardens and the diverse benefits gardens may offer. Download the ‘Gardens Guide’ at: http://www.remoteindigenousgardens.net/new-gardens-guide/
RESOURCES – EduGrow 2011 – 2014
- Ecofriendly Food School Resources, includes 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 http://www.ecofriendlyfood.org.au/teachers_resources
- 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.
- 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.