Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Time to close the gate on another productive year ... 2011! With grateful thanks to all who helped to make the 'Kitchen Garden' programs flourish, in many schools in the Parramatta Diocese!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Happy Christmas and Holidays to all!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tips & Tricks
www.bankofideas.com.au – great online newsletter
http://www.freecycle.org/group/AU/ … free of charge. Free community recycling rehoming
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/education.htm lists all the competitions available
www.daleysnursery.com.au (fruit trees)
www.perryrunners.com.au (strawberry runners)
www.livewellatschool.nsw.edu.au NSW Dept ED and Communities
www.crunchandsip.com.au Live Life Well (Crunch and Sip)
www.gardenate.com (also have ipad/iphone app. Aussie site)
www.citychicks.com.au (chickens) also has links to sister sites.
Scoop it – Google
Use www.snapfish.com.au or similar programs, to make colourful books to place in the school library
iPhones, iPads and laptops have ‘evernote’ – good to use for recording audio and visual data, Lisa Nash at LEX, is happy to run training sessions
Use visuals to compile small readers - something like the PM readers which students can read often
Vegie bags – contact Lisa Brown at Jarara
Grow cultural foods and invite families to give a history of their origins
Invite Costa Georgiadis to speak to students, teachers and parents
‘Kitchen Garden Bus Tour’, take the tour or be a ‘host’ school – contact Clare to make a booking!
Bush tucker plants – contact Erin Rowe firstname.lastname@example.org
Promote school gardens on school websites and link to Kitchen Garden blog – http://kitchengardensinschools.blogspot.com/label/search/ … then name of school garden e.g SPKG for St Patrick’s Kitchen Garden – contact Lisa Nash for more details!
Posts for the blog i.e. photos and a blurb, can be sent to Clare or a suitable time arranged for a visit
Barcodes for garden products
Write to another school, the ‘Composting Team’ at St Michael’s, Blacktown South are writing to the ‘Green Thumbs ‘at St Mary’s in North Dubbo – you may need to put up a mail box in your garden!
Visit other Schools /Early Learning Centres, e.g. Glenhaven State school, Abbotsleigh College, 'Mia-Mia' Macquarie University, to see exciting and practical ways to use the outdoors as a learning space!
Put water plants in a wishing well e.g. yellow flag water iris
Plant two olive trees to ensure success!
Look for vegies which grow in strange places and discuss how they came to be there?
Form an environment group such as Nano's Nature Nurturers and invite all interested parties from the school community ... engenders great discussion and ideas!
Keep an eye out for the next Youth Eco Summit and take students for a great day out of hands on learning!