EduGrow 2019 – Was about sharing stories…
No EduGrow Awards program this year, especially in stressful drought times, but a good time to take stock and share stories from our network of remote and rural gardeners and communities.
Bioversity International and other international gardeners and storytellers invited EduGrow to contribute to a chapter for a Routledge book on school gardens, agrobiodiversity and the multi-functional benefits of school garden and learning programs. We were asked if we could share good case studies (stories!) from the RIG Network and EduGrow with a particular focus on Indigenous native foods and the cultivation of indigenous species – reflecting growing international recognition of the need to expand the production and use of traditional foods and plants.
Rather than tell a single story, we thought it was a great chance to share stories about innovative approaches from those within our diverse network.
So, it was fun and a pleasure to facilitate and prepare a co-authored story with Torres Webb, an Indigenous leader, gardener and educator from the Torres Strait, Peter Dawe, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Youth Community Greening Program, NSW and from EduGrow, Arnhem Land entitled, Learning Gardens Cultivating Health and Wellbeing – Stories from Australia. The book will be published in March 2020 – online and hard copy and we hope you’ll enjoy the story, tips and inspiration that it shares about clever people, building resilience and growing good food and social inclusion where they live in diverse places!
EduGrow 2018 – Was about celebrating NAIDOC Week’s theme…
Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week 2018 themes promote the telling of history and the People’s connected to it.‘Because of Her, We Can!’ enables everyone to bring a special focus upon our women folk. We at EduGrow extend a warm invitation to you to share stories of great People and the goodness that grows in your area. We look forward to reading about that goodness and how it plays a vital role in the health, happiness and wellbeing of all your community.
The EduGrow program aims to encourage and recognise schools and communities who grow ‘good food, good learning and good times’ in enjoyable ways at school and in their community. This term, individuals, families, schools and communities, are warmly invited to celebrate and share their stories about what makes them healthy, happy and strong.
2015 saw the EduGrow School & Community Garden Awards expand across remote, rural and regional Australia.
The Awards were conducted in 2015 to great success. The EduGrow Galleries contains entry photos and highlights to show what good things our EduGrower’s grew in 2015.
In 2016 EduGrow took a ‘break’!
In 2017 we are gearing up to run a great program in the spirit of food, family and community and growing good food, good learning and good times at school and to acknowledge the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report. The program will encourage and recognise the efforts of children, parents, grandparents and families learning and doing great things together for literacy, life and wellbeing. It will launch after Easter and looks set to be open to remote, rural and regional schools across Australia. So, stay tuned for more information!
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