Having spent a really good part of the Christmas/New Year school holidays reading numerous blogs from other parents who are also volunteer gardening teachers from across Australia, it is so good to see such a hive of activity and resources made available to share.
Here's a few of my personal favourite resources to get planning!
Available at the ABC Shop is Australian Chef, Stephanie Alexander's book, Kitchen Garden Cooking With Kids.
Stephanie's book is divided into three main parts as she explains the foundations and planning of an effective school garden plan by practical example. Then moves into detailing year by year how the garden matures for different gardening lessons. The remainder of the book is great for planning the school kitchen cooking lessons with really easy to use recipes for in the school grown produce according to season.
|Back cover of Kitchen Garden Cooking With Kids|
|Teacher roles are superbly detailed to define the job of a garden teacher|
|How to recruit volunteers and their value in the school|
|Don't forget the school kitchen pantry staples|
|Kid friendly recipes are divided into seasons to go with available produce|
Another book I can't wait to get my hands on is the California based How To Grow A School Garden: A Complete Guide For Parents and Teachers, written and complied by Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle.
Check it out online via Amazon to have a look inside this book.
Again, this one is also packed full of recipes to try but they do include a few ingredients that are not known to Australians. The resources section is entirely American based unfortunately, but the garden layouts are inspirational and fun to try which makes this book still a great one to get hold of.
But I think the best is yet to come as I have ordered for myself an amazing Australian DVD created by Leonie Shanahan, Edible School Gardens.
This DVD is available online (with PayPal option) at the Edible School Gardens website.
The preview is on the website and looks very inspiring and practical.
It is so good to see more and more Australian based School Garden books and DVDs becoming available.
If you are tackling your school garden as a teacher or volunteer, I would love to hear from you♥