It’s been an incredible start to the school year for one of Australia’s most loved school garden programs.
Over 100,000 students are now involved in Australian Organic Schools, making it the largest program of its kind available to schools in the country.
The program is run by not for profit group Australian Organic. The company’s Joanne Barber says, “The initiative began five years ago from very humble beginnings so it’s great to see it grow into what it is now.
“Food growing, cooking and good nutrition are fundamental and education materials like this should be available to every school.”
One of the most remote schools to use the program was Shepherdson College on Elcho Island in the Northern Territory and it’s also being used overseas – an Eco-Muslim school in Malaysia uses the curriculum.
The program is specifically written for primary and middle school students (8-14 years).
Developed by education communication specialists Kids Media, the Australian Organic Schools website has been designed to engage teachers, students, canteen managers/volunteers and parents/carers, highlighting the benefits of healthy eating and growing food.
Former AFL player and Australian Organic Schools’ ambassador Chris Tarrant says he can see the differences the program makes. “When we’re in the kitchen with school students it’s easy to see how interested they are in what we’re all preparing.
“It’s so much easier teaching them about nutrition and healthy eating when they’re physically involved and not sitting in their chairs,” Chris says.
The program is also aligned with the Australian Curriculum.
Celebrity Chef Pete Evans, ABC Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis and wellness speaker Therese Kerr are also goodwill ambassadors for Australian Organic Schools. The program is freely available to schools thanks to the support of Sunraysia Natural Beverage Company and Ecoalkalines.
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