A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers and School Community Members
About this Event
This workshop will introduce the practicalities of establishing and maintaining a school garden using permaculture practices and principles. It will also cover ways in which the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of Sustainability can be addressed, and be applied to Learning Areas including Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts. It is for teachers and school community members who are wanting to establish new gardens, or who already have gardens that you are wanting to rejuvenate. These strategies can be applied for any budget that the school has for a garden.
We will cover:
- An introduction to permaculture practice and design
- Designing your school garden
- The resources you need and how to get them
- Understanding and improving your soil, including composting and worm farming,
- Growing for the subtropics – appropriate plants for the SEQ climate
- Linking garden activities to the curriculum
- Making it work for your school community – Involving your students; how to get different members of the community involved; how to manage your gardens over school holidays, and more!
Participants will take home a resources list and a certificate for 6 hours of professional development.
Primary school teachers are the main audience for this workshop. School leaders, members of P&Cs, and groundstaff are all welcome to attend.
The content relates particularly to sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, and 4.2 of the Australian professional standards for teachers.
About the presenters:
- Jenny Kato is a passionate advocate for regenerative agriculture, a permaculture practitioner and designer, and an avid gardener. Jenny works at Northey Street City Farm as an Education Tutor and teaches on the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Jenny also has her own design business, Living Patterns Permaculture, and has worked with many schools designing school gardens.
- Emma Brindal is the Youth Education Coordinator at Northey Street City Farm, where she runs permaculture and sustainability activities and programs for children and adults. Emma has been teaching and facilitating experiential learning and environmental education programs for over a decade. She has a degree in Environmental Science, is currently studying a Master of Education (Social Ecology).
Registration for the workshop:
Cost: $140 full | $90 student/unwaged (GST included). Includes morning tea. BYO lunch.
If your school or organisation is paying for your attendance, we can invoice you – email email@example.com to arrange this.