Michael Jeffery with students and educators in a school garden

SOILS FOR LIFE SCHOOLS PROJECT

We believe it is important for all children to be aware of the importance of healthy soil, to have a better understanding of natural systems and to know where food comes from. We're working with schools and educators to ensure more primary schools have a school garden and access to great teaching resources to help educate our kids.



Our Chairman has passionately advocated the need for a cohesive and nationally applied school garden policy such that our young people can be taught about the science underlying things such as soil biology, photosynthesis, transpiration and the fundamental role that green cover can play in reducing carbon emissions. This project works towards achieving this goal.

This project includes:

  • Facilitating every school in the ACT to have a school garden by the end of 2017.
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure suitable teaching units exist to support educational outcomes based on learning about soil, with a focus on primary and junior high school students.
  • Working with Education Departments and schools, focused on the ACT in the first instance, to ensure increasing numbers of schools are consistently applying soil-based teaching units.

TEACHING RESOURCES & SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAMS

For extensive teaching resources related to soil and existing school garden programs visit: