Seed Savers for Schools
The Year Round Organic School Garden, Part one
This course will allow the teachers to plan and create an organic school garden with an emphasis on habitats and biodiversity. We will visit a school garden, community garden and a school with no garden and audit, design and plan a school garden. We will look at the cross curricular potential of a school garden and demonstrate how it ties in with SESE, SPHE, Art, Languages, History and Maths There is a strong emphasis on practical activities including
- Garden planning and design
- Seed sowing and seed care
- Plant care , pests and disease
- Crop rotation and plant families
- Natural Fertilisers and soil care
The Year Round Organic School Garden, Part two
(Info to follow not finalised yet)
In Partnership with The Department of Education, The Clare Education centre and The Limerick Education centre.
For bookings contact
Clare Education Centre Ph: 065 6845500
Limerick Education Centre Ph: 061 585060
The Year Round Organic School Garden Publication
Our Publication 'The year round organic school garden' a collaboration between Irish Seed Savers and Kerry Earth Education Project and part funded by The Heritage Council. It is a practical guide for teachers and other education practitioners. It includes planning designing, and creating an organic school garden. It demonstrates the huge possibilities of using the school grounds as an educational resource and to learn about organic food growing and the importance of biodiversity also includes Cross Curricular activities tying in with SESE, SPHE, Art, Languages, History and Maths.
SEED - Schools environmental Education Development
Turning school gardens into living classrooms
This is a collaboration with six other organic centres to establish school gardens as living classrooms, and demonstrating the unlimited cross curricular potential school gardens have particularly tying in with SESE, SPHE, Art, Languages, History and Maths.
Other centres included in this programme are Sonairte centre , The Organic Centre, The Nano Nagle centre, The Wexford Organic Centre, Kerry Earth Education Project. ISSA and KEEP are Specialists on 'The Heritage in Schools' Scheme list.
- Site Assessment
- Garden plan design
- Creating the garden
- Compost workshops
- Train the trainer’s courses
- The heritage in schools programme
- Practical gardening sessions with children e.g. sowing planting native hedgerows, ponds, wildlife gardening
The Heritage in Schools Scheme
The Heritage in Schools scheme offers a panel of heritage specialists who will, at the request of a teacher, visit a primary school to work directly with the children. Specialists are listed in the Heritage in Schools Directory, which is updated annually and sent to all primary schools in the country. A booking form is included in the directory. The visit is part-funded by the school and the remaining fee plus expenses are funded by the Heritage Council.
- Summer courses TBC - Subsidised through Clare and Limerick Education centre.
- 'The year round organic school garden' publication - Book €15, P&P €2.50
For more details please contact:
Áine Ní Fhlatharta (Education Coordinator)
Irish Seed Savers Association
Ph 061 921866 or 061 921856