Ecoliteracy through Edible Gardens
Guiding children to discover and understand the processes that we and all life on Earth depend on through growing and eating their own food.
“The goal is that students come to develop an intimate understanding of the beauty, capacity and limits of our planet and have the confidence and skills to be creative with that knowledge”
– Megan Floris, Foodweb Education, Director and co-Founder.
The key pillar of the Foodweb approach is incorporating foundational science education into each lesson so that our students develop a solid understanding of the processes that sustain life.
We use systems thinking and ecosystem ecology to teach children the processes that are essential for life. Our framework includes three core ecological patterns of Energy Flows, Matter Cycles and Systems to observe and build a scientific view of the world and apply them to analysing and creating human systems.
The Foodweb approach to science and sustainability education:
The core objective of Foodweb Education is to increase our awareness of:
- The processes that sustain life and natural systems
- The effects of the material and energy use of our society
- How the two are linked Laws of science regarding the behaviour of energy and matter apply equally to our society as to natural systems.
The food garden provides a rich educational setting for learning practical and social skills as well as a living laboratory to discover and explore the processes on which we, and all life on Earth, depend. Gardening and cooking provide an opportunity for unmediated experience and exploration, but also for casual, non-threatening inclusion of science into fun, everyday activities.