BUILDING EDIBLE GARDENS FOR SCHOOLS

Creating your edible organic school garden and a living classroom!

Urban Food Garden in schools is the 'one-stop-shop' provision of products and services for the establishment of sustainable organic edible school gardens.

Establishing school gardens is a recommended strategy to promote healthy eating, improve nutrition, and reduce obesity.
 

Here are the facts:

  • Almost 3 children in every 5 don't eat enough fruit

  • Less than 1 child in 5 eats enough vegetable

  • More than half of children aged between 9 and 13 fall short on their dietary calcium intake

  • 4 in every 5 children eat too much saturated fat, and close to 20% of children aged between 6 and 11 consume more kilojoules (calories) than they probably need. In today's society there are far too many processed foods available, these processed foods have been stripped of all their nutritional goodness.

  • Poorly balanced eating can make children tired, moody or irritable, constipated or bloated. This affects their school work and ability to concentrate.

  • In the medium term, poorly balanced eating is associated with serious health concerns such as bone growth problems, dental decay, skin disorders, allergies, asthma, anaemia, and lung and breathing conditions. Some children even develop high blood cholesterol, a serious marker for risk of heart disease.

  • The number of children who are overweight or obese has sky rocketed from just 1 in every 10 in the 1970s, to almost 1 in every 4 Australian children today.

  • All of these serious conditions are affected by what children do and don't eat, and how much they eat their serve size.

There is strong evidence that school gardens increase children's vegetable consumption and willingness to try new vegetables.

It is easier to change future generations thoughts about food than it is adults. As a school educating kids on vegetables and getting them involved in the garden leads to them making better decisions about food and reducing the obesity in the future.

You can integrate an Urban Food Garden into your learning enquiry units:

  • Educate on sustainable living

  • Develop an understanding and care about the importance of nutrition and this leads a balanced mind and body to improve health and academic achievement

  • Encourage use of all of the senses

  • Focus on values and lifestyle

It will allows kids to:

  • Use their hands

  • Show pride in their work on what they have been able to achieve

  • Hands on learning approach

  • Have a willingness to try fruits and vegetables

  • Increase their fruit and vegetable consumption

We can provide for your school.

  • Customisation of your very own organic edible school garden with the students input

  • An edible garden education program for students for 12 months that fits easily into your school's schedule

  • Turn your garden into a living classroom, learn about the seasons, planting, caring for plants, harvesting, seed saving, propagating, composting, worm farms and more!

  • Empower your students, teachers and volunteers with the knowledge of how to continue and maintain your school garden for years to come

  • Classes on how to make delicious and healthy meals with your own produce, with a school community edible garden celebration

  • The opportunity to educate students with important life skills and a sustainable philosophy for a healthy life and planet
     

The canteen can use the fruit and vegetables in the school menu items, alternatively these can be used in the home economics lessons.

The garden is also a legacy and will be part of the school culture. Urban Food Garden can work with your school to design a customised garden for your school. We can also show you how other schools have integrated this into their learning units. Every school is different in size and location so we cater for all types of schools. A comprehensive garden plan is delivered uniquely as this is customised to the area you have available.

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Urban Food Garden, Your Way To A Healthy Future

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