School Community Links

School garden programs provide many opportunities for students and schools to build links with surrounding community for the benefit of all involved.  Some ways Foodweb schools have linked with the community include:

  • Parent/community volunteer help: inviting people to assist with the running of the program, supervision of a group, or maintenance of the garden space.
a parent helper or volunteer to supervise a garden team makes the activity so much more meaningful

a parent helper or volunteer to supervise a garden team makes the activity so much more meaningful

volunteers help the chefs

volunteers help the chefs

  • Plant and produce markets at school: student or parent run, utilising student market garden and propagation small business model projects.
the kids love planting and maintaining and market garden and love organising and operating the market stall.

the kids love planting and maintaining and market garden and love organising and operating the market stall.

produce for sale

produce for sale

selling up a storm

selling up a storm

  • Garden Afternoon teas: raise the profile of the program and school by regularly inviting parents to attend a garden afternoon tea party with food and entertainment supplied by students and the garden space.
parents and students shared the fruits of their labour

parents and students shared the fruits of their labour

a visit to the fruit tree scarecrows provides valuable insight for parent visitors

a visit to the fruit tree scarecrows provides valuable insight for parent visitors

followed by a garden serenade

followed by a garden serenade

  • Adult education site: linking with local TAFE and/or higher education or adult training centres to provide mutual benefits to both projects. These relationships create opportunities for meaningful practical skill building for adult students whilst obtaining material resources for the school and garden program eg. landscape architecture students designing and installing garden/play areas on school ground. Construction of chook houses by carpentry students.
local TAFE lads deliver the chook house ready for installation

local TAFE lads deliver the chook house ready for installation

house installed and chickens are happy

house installed and chickens are happy

  • Community environment groups: provide a demonstration site for community based sustainability education or tours.
Transition fruit tree planting demonstration

Transition fruit tree planting demonstration

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