The Year Round Organic School Garden

school garden bookDue to popular demand, The Year Round Organic School Garden - A Guide to Designing, Creating and Using an Organic School Garden has been updated and reprinted, it is now available through our online shop and on- site shop at Irish Seed Savers Association.

The Year-Round Organic School Garden’ is a practical guide for teachers and other education practitioners who wish to bring nature, native habitats and biodiversity into the school grounds:  

  • It aims to help with the planning, design, creation and use of an organic school garden with and for students. It demonstrates the huge possibilities of designing and developing the school grounds into a highly stimulating and interactive educational resource with organic food production and biodiversity protection and development as its central theme.
  • An organic school garden is a practical and positive response to current environmental issues like climate breakdown, habitat and biodiversity loss while simultaneously supporting the student’s wellbeing.
  • It can be used to explore sustainable development education and nature based activities, and encourages active learning. By bringing lessons about biodiversity and food production into the heart of the school system it is ‘Think Global, Act Local’ in action.
  • It has unlimited cross-curricular potential. It particularly ties in with Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE; science/geography), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Wellbeing, Art, Languages, History and Maths.
  • It sets out practical projects on growing local food, creating biodiversity and native habitats in the school grounds, encourages healthy eating, nature-based activities and getting students active.

This 2nd edition publication received support from the Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation. The printing costs of this 2nd edition has been generously sponsored by Nourish and Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd.

The publication is available now in the following outlets:

Irish Seed Savers, online and in-store:

Gortbrack Organic Farm, home of Kerry Earth Education Project:

Lucy Bell of Growing Wild:

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