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Why should we have a School Garden?
What are the steps to plan and set-up the garden?
1. Set the aims
2. Get support
3. Decide which classes
4. Decide what to grow
5. Find a garden site
6. Prepare the site
7. Make an action plan
8. Put plan to practise
9. Gardening methods
What can children learn in the garden?
It is important to have the support of the head-teacher and the interest of the whole school.
For more information see "Part 2: Who will help us?" of the FAO manual "Setting up and running a School Garden - a manual for teachers, parents and communities".
3. Decide which classes to involve
Small primary schools can have a high number of students, sometimes between 200 or 400 children. It is obvious that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to involve such large numbers in well coordinated gardening activities. Working with more than 20 or 30 children in the garden at one time is already a great challenge. Therefore, it helps if one or two classes are chosen to set-up and start the School Garden. If classes have more than 20 or 30 students, have teams that work in the garden at different times.
Gardening is fun for children of all ages. However, if the garden belongs to a primary school, it may be best to start with students of a higher age, between 9 and 14 years old.
For more information see the "Introduction" of the FAO manual "Setting up and running a School Garden - a manual for teachers, parents and communities".
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