Principle 12

Expect Change

The only constant in life
is change itself
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Anticipating Change

Change is going to be inevitable, and will shake up the routine and structure of your school garden program. Not only should you anticipate it, but also devise a way to work with change positive results and adapting to the changes that we can’t control. This has prolifically been seen through the current COVID-19 scenario where many schools closed, and there was no one to look after school gardens. Cutting off school gardens also means cutting off all their benefits... How can we design future school gardens so they are more adaptable in ways that do not lose all of the hard work and effort that has been put into them?

Get Ready For...

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Holidays

Having a groundskeeper who supports the garden, doesn't use chemical sprays, and wants to be a part of the program is important. The holiday period can be an unpredictable variable. If stakeholders return to school to find a horrible weedy jungle they are less likely to have the motivation to restore it back to its former glory. Using cover crop seeds before the holidays start can hold the space of the vegetable gardens for periods of 6 weeks or more. A simple chop and drop redefines the pathways.
Develop a Summer Maintenance Plan
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Unforeseen weather events or climate changes can damage your garden. Prepare for these events by understanding your local climate and potential extremes like hail and strong winds. This will be largely to do with a climate-smart garden design.
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Closures

Whether this is because of holiday periods, or if it’s because of unforeseen circumstances like COVID, you should have a plan in place of who will look after the garden when there are no teachers or students around to do it.
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Pandemics

COVID-19 has changed the way that school gardens operate globally, here are a list of resources regarding school gardening when working from home.
Gardening During COVID-19
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