Teaching kids gardening skills
MAYBE it’s innate. Maybe it’s because you get to play in the dirt. Or maybe it’s because there’s something great to eat at the end.
Whatever the reason, most kids just love gardening, and across the region there are many schools recognising the benefits of gardening and taking up the challenge of reviving growing skills with the hope of equipping students for what may be a food-challenged future.
Wendy King, a teacher from Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina believes the gardening experience is a worthwhile one for students.
"We want our students to know about growing food, to develop basic growing skills, and be supported to create local food solutions of their own.
"Then we get to share the harvest with school staff, friends and family. Starting conversations between students about healthy local food and nutrition is also a big! topic." Wendy says.
Year 7 and 8 students from the College have recently completed a 20-week window-sill garden project where each student was required to research and design a herb garden that could fit on a window sill, contain a minimum of three herb types and then construct the chosen design from recycled materials. Students nurtured their gardens, evaluated outcomes, measured sustainability and presented a folio on the project.
"It’s been hugely popular with students and parents," says Wendy