Principle 9

Utilise Support

It can often take a whole community to run a school garden
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Establishing a Support Network

A large part of the energy required for a successful garden is to capture and store societal and monetary energy for support. Think of all of the people within the school grounds and the community that could be utilised to help run the garden. During the long summer holiday months, schools often fail to organise consistent tending of the garden, leading to plants going unwatered and uncared for. Gather the support of parents, teachers, P&A members and community members to provide helping hands.
Creating a Community Garden on School Grounds

Support Groups

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Finding a school and a principal who are dedicated to creating a sustainable future is incredibly important. Without staff onboard a school gardening program will be much harder to get off the ground. This is where applying a project based gardening program to the curriculum approach to gardening is important.
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Local Experts

Sometimes it can be helpful to consult the expertise of local garden specialists for specific garden advice. They will often be happy to come in for a consultation where you can get important questions answered. More specifically, a permaculture partnership with local businesses is really important.
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People in elderly homes are often eager to get outside and to participate in the community. Outdoor garden activities that involve socialising are often just what they need.
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P&C Associations

The Parents and Citizens’ Association are usually excited to participate in school garden programs. Get in touch with your local association to gain some helping hands.
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Your local community most likely has a working community gardening group. Get in touch with them and see if there would volunteer some time to help tend to the garden.
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