Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mushroom season

Up close and personal with mycelium

Up close and personal with mycelium

We have been finding fungi and mycelium all over the schools.

Giant puff ball

Giant puff ball

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South African Pumpkin Fritters

SOUTH AFRICAN PUMPKIN FRITTERS (Pampoenkoekies)

·         2 cups cooked pumpkin

·         1 cup self raising flour

·         1 teaspoon vanilla 

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

·         1/2 cup sugar (brown or white)

·         3 eggs

·         Extra flour, if needed

·         butter, for frying

 Cinnamon sugar, for dusting:

·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

·         1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Pumpkin not quite ready for harvest

Pumpkin not quite ready for harvest

METHOD:

If egg allergy please leave 1 tablespoon of mashed pumpkin per child aside and add a little mashed banana and olive oil instead of egg.

1.       Boil pumpkin until soft. Drain and mash it.

2.      Mix together the pumpkin, flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

3.      Add the eggs and blend until the mixture forms a thick batter that is firm enough to hold its shape when scooped up with a spoon. If the batter is too soft, add some additional flour.

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4.      Heat the oil on a butter or sandwich press or fry pan. Then,  place  either  heaped tablespoons of the batter into the pan, leaving a bit of space between each fritter or cover almost the whole surface of the sandwich press (leaving edges clear)

5. Let them cook for a minute. Then gradually close the sandwich press until brown and springy.

5.      Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of fritters and eat while warm

Garden kitchen

Garden kitchen

Ready to eat - YUM!!

Ready to eat – YUM!!

 

Each week as part of the Foodweb Education program a finger food style recipe using fresh ingredients from the school garden is prepared by a group of about eight students under adult supervision during a one-hour session and is shared with the rest of the class in the garden at the end of the session.

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Junior Farm to Table Unit

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The food story – where has it come from? where is it going?

Our olive farmers harvest the olives ready for processing.

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Our carrot farmers prepare the soil and sow the seeds

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and the broad bean farmers

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Preps start investigating patterns in nature

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In all Education for Sustainability it is important to nurture biophilia and present opportunities for children to develop a sense of curiosity about the natural world. Patterns that are visible and easily recognisable are a good starting point for this. For example in grades P-1, we teach students to identify dendritic patterns in trees, rivers and veins, a simple pattern that explains how liquids are distributed in natural processes. Success and confidence from identifying and understanding these patterns in the real world sets up habits and vocabulary to introduce abstract patterns such as food chains, energy flow and matter cycles later on.

 

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Foodweb Sessions at Learning in the Garden Seminar

Growing Communities  recently organised and hosted a fantastic National Learning in the Garden Seminar in Brisbane. Thanks to the team for all their efforts in a successful and inspiring conference.

Foodweb Education presented sessions on both days.

Day One: An introduction to our gardens based teaching framework that uses the ecological patterns as the basis for building resilience.

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Dan Deighton from The Permaculture Classroom gets stuck into some weeding and mulching discovering part of how energy flows through the garden ecosystem

Day Two:  I ran a hands on session in Buranda Primary School garden where educators were able to experience a typical garden based Foodweb session including  a theoretical component of tracing energy flow from the sun through to background heat and then practical activities to reinforce this understanding including cooking with a sun oven, play-based investigation into energy flow through ecosystems and gardening activities involving explanations of applying our energy flow to maintenance activities like weeding and mulching.

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Random garden greens and fetta quiche baked by the beautiful Winter Brisbane sunshine in the sun oven

Having fun constructing and explaining energy flow through a miniature savannah ecosystem

Having fun constructing and explaining energy flow through a miniature savannah ecosystem

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St Peter’s grade 5/6’s turn to crowd funding to try and build a new chicken house

You could be forgiven for thinking it was the love that killed the chickens at St Peter's but alas it was Monsieur Fox.

You could be forgiven for thinking the chickens at St Peter’s were loved to death but it was Monsieur Fox.

The chickens were such an integral part of the St Peter’s Primary School community, raised from chicks, intimate friends with everyone, rulers of the school ground and even bosses of certain classes. Their absence has left our school and many of the children’s hearts and lunch times empty. In an attempt to get some new chickens and ensure this tragic event will never occur again the Senior Students at St Peters made their very own Pozible campaign to raise funds to get a professional chook pen built by VEG . We only have one week left and a long way to go to reach the target so if anybody is feeling generous please pledge to support the SAVE OUR CHICKENS CAMPAIGN  http://www.pozible.com/project/23640 for St Peters Primary School Clayton – a school that boasts 48 different language groups and 97% of students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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