Autumn is well and truly here and our year 2 students were thrilled to plant our new season’s garden for our Paddock to Plate Program. They have worked hard all term tending to their seedlings and today they carried out tasks including weeding, planting and mulching.
Leaning about and doing sowing, planting, mulching, watering, weeding, harvesting and composting in a productive food garden is a favourite part of the children’s week, as well as looking forward to preparing and eating vibrant produce. It is a hands-on way to learn about cycles and systems – and it is a tangible metaphor for a rich life deeply connecting us to the planet’s seasonal ‘heartbeat’. Schools are increasingly recognising that embedding food garden activities into the curriculum is leading to powerful sustainability learning opportunities.
“Some of our seedlings we raised from seeds”
“We planted some cauliflower, broccoli and celery and we can’t wait to pick them”
“This was my first time planting”
– Year 2 students