The EduGrow program is all about growing good food, good learning and good times at school.
The program aims to encourage, support and recognise the wonderful efforts of students, teachers and school communities who create safe, engaging food gardens and outdoor learning places and activities in them. These days, we focus on sharing information about innovative education, learning and doing projects that promote good health, good eating, social inclusion and caring for health lands and waters.
The program celebrates people and projects who are making a difference to improve student participation, learning and health and wellbeing in inclusive, fun ways where they live in remote, rural and regional Australia.
EduGrow has been built around a friendly awards program in the spirit of which everyone who participates is a winner. Participants have the opportunity to share their achievements and entries and so provide practical tips, ideas and inspiration to other students, schools and communities.
The EduGrow program does a few things, it:
- has conducted the EduGrow awards to recognise and celebrate special students and schools who grow and learn in special places and growing conditions
- develops and shares information – EduGrow website and Facebook
- connects people, runs occasional events and workshops.
The EduGrow website is a growing place (yep, we’re always working on it!) where gardening, health and nutrition and other stories and useful resources can be found. It’s a place to share photos, stories and other resources. We’ve already put some of the wonderful entries and efforts of past award participants in the gallery, so that we can learn together with every year. We welcome your contributions – we’d love to share your garden pictures, stories, news, Youtubes – drop us an email, get in touch/commenting via the homepage or chat with others on the EduGrow Facebook page.
The EduGrow website is also an ‘online’ home for the EduGrow School and Community Recognition Awards since 2015 and as the program has morphed and changed, has a greater focus on sharing tips, inspiration, ideas and information.
Each year the awards have focused on special themes and ideas, but always in the overall spirit of Food, Family and Community and growing good food, good learning and good times together at school. For example, in 2015, the awards celebrated the UN Year of Soils and more.
From time to time EduGrow teams up with local educators and gardening gurus to conduct gardening workshops and other events to support people to get together, to share ideas and inspiration, and expertise and tips that are suited to their communities and growing conditions.
EduGrow was initiated by the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network (RIG Network) in 2011. The program is managed by Foodswell Ltd, a registered health promotion charity, whose programs include EduGrow and RIG Network.