Edible School Gardens & Leonie Shanahan
School Kitchen Gardens using Permaculture for Kids
our program, 'Edible School Gardens',
which has been successfully introduced into over 20 schools
on the Sunshine Coast, we follow the principles of
There are 3 basic principals of Permaculture which fit perfectly with a child's education:
1. Earth Care
2. People Care and
3. Fair Share
(which covers reduction to consumption and sharing of seeds, plants and knowledge)
Why Kids Love 'Edible School Gardens'
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.
An Edible LandscapeWhat Children Learn...
Students learn the life skill of growing organic food and the systems within them. The Edible school gardens program is a kid driven program!
- the students design the garden
- the students implement the garden with the local school community
- the students maintain the garden
- the students enjoy the food from the garden
- experience the different methods of cooking food from the garden. More..
Developing edible gardens within school communities has encouraged healthy eating habits amongst thousands of children, parents and teachers.
- Leonie Shanahan
FMTV Special - It is such an honour to be recognised as a passionate leader in children’s health by Food Matters with the Edible School Gardens DVD being included on FMTV (FoodMatters TV), a live streaming wellness site.
Need A Guest Speaker?
- 16 Oct 12
- SOWING SEEDS for the future: The early years and beyond read more
- 01 Apr 12
- Leonie was a recent guest speaker at our monthly Queensland Herb Society... read more
- 23 Dec 10
- Even though it was a muddy affair in 2010, The kids really enjoyed sto... read more
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