An ecoliterate citizenry
We aim to provide children with the thinking tools for understanding and adapting to environmental and social change as well as the practical skills to respond proactively.
Who Are We?
Foodweb Education is made up of a dedicated team of passionate and skilled staff and wonderful volunteers driven by a desire to share the beauty and importance of understanding our Earth…and eating!
Director, Management Team, Foodweb Ecoliteracy Educators and volunteers.
BIOS and photo:
Megan Floris is the Co-Founder, Director and Senior Educator of Foodweb Education. She has extensive experience running ecoliteracy programs in schools and has devoted the last two decades to her passion for empowering children through science and skills. She has co-developed the Foodweb framework and curriculum which is now a comprehensive Foundation-6 program that teaches science through cooking and gardening. Although she draws her daily fervor and inspiration from exploring the natural world alongside her students, Megan has also used her qualifications in education, community development, horticulture and permaculture to provide training and professional development workshops and presentations for teachers and educators within Foodweb schools, at state and national Environmental Education and Science Education conferences, Melbourne University Master of Environmental Education, Permaculture Design courses and workshops for local councils. You can usually find her hiding behind a pot of fermenting vegetables but may also need to check the mulch pile.
Alicia Flynn is an energetic ecological educator, teaching widely across primary, secondary, community and tertiary contexts. She holds qualifications in Primary & Secondary Teaching, a Master of Philosophy in Sustainability Education and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She has as much fun turning hot compost piles with 7 year-olds as she does engaging in complex discussions with fully grown humans on place pedagogies and practices for generative multispecies education. There is no space in her life to dwell in either passive hope or despair when there are books to read, seeds to sow, brownies to bake and music to play. Foodweb Education enables her to do all that and more!
“Activism is my rent for living on this planet”, Alice Walker
Foodweb Education started when Megan Floris, who was working as a school garden educator, recognized the need to integrate more explicit ecological concepts into school gardening. Over a number of years, Megan and Rafael Schouten developed what has now become the Foodweb Education framework, based on the pillars of ecological patterns – systems, matter cycles & energy flows.
It includes the curriculum content of Science Literacy (Ecoliteracy) and Food Literacy, as well as the pedagogies of experiential education and interdisciplinary learning.
In terms of growing the program and business, Megan invited Isobel Harper to support the vision, develop the program and become a business partner.
Current Organisational Structure:
Megan and Isobel then decided that more hands and heads on board would help. They invited Alicia Flynn, who had been associated with the program through her educational research, to become involved.
Megan, Isobel and Alicia now make up the Foodweb Education management team. As more schools came on board and family commitments to Megan and Isobel swelled, there was a need to bring in other Foodweb Education Educators (FEEs) to deliver the program.
Tiff Bollhorn and Aviva Reed, both former garden and Eco Ed colleagues of the three, came on board, helped with further development of the program and trained as FEEs.
Roles & Responsibilities :
Megan Floris: Director; Business & financial management; Program development; staff support
Isobel Harper: Manager; Design executive; program development; staff support
Alicia Flynn: Manager; School Liaison; educational research; program development; staff support
To deliver the Foodweb Education program to educator’s specific school; promote the program; support the school to develop integrated ecoliteracy education through the curriculum.
Aviva Reed: Thornbury Primary School
Isobel Harper: St Pius Primary School, Heidelberg
Alicia Flynn: Brunswick North West Primary School
Megan Floris: Overseas incursions and training