Brian Boyd - Back to School Gardening for Kids and the NSW Community

Not-for-profit organisation Seed Harvest Spoon will be returning to local primary schools, Melrose Park and Telopea in Sydney NSW, to deliver an expanded child-focused environmental education program in 2016.

The Seed Harvest Spoon program engages students, teachers and parents in hands-on learning in an outdoor classroom environment, commented Mr Boyd.

Seed Harvest Spoon's progressive classroom gardening program

Working with both schools over the next three years, Seed Harvest Spoon educators will deliver their unique program one day a week in each school. The program is taught across each school with all students from Kindergarten to Year Six participating, remarked Mr Boyd.

'We are very excited to be returning to Telopea and Melrose Park Public Schools this year. We are looking forward to getting back to the garden and getting our hands dirty," says Seed Harvest Spoon Program Director, Michelle Carrick.

'It is fantastic to know that we have three years ahead of us to do some really good work with the children and to build strong relationships with the community," Ms Carrick said.

All on board as community interest blossoms

Mr Boyd was impressed by Seed Harvest Spoon who work closely with school staff and the community to make sure that the program is responsive and relevant to the children's and community's interests.

Seed Harvest Spoon has previously delivered funded components of their program at Telopea Public School.

Pip Martins, Local Facilitator 'Schools as Community Centres' Project (SaCC) welcomes their return in 2016.

'Our experience with Seed Harvest Spoon to date has been excellent. We are really looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with them so that the children's skills and knowledge can be built upon," Ms Martins said.

Brian Boyd - Sustainable living promotes healthy community

Last September, leading Australian NSW property and investment company, PAYCE announced Telopea public School was one of three schools from Sydney NSW that would benefit from a $200,000 sponsorship partnership with Seed Harvest Spoon.

Both Seed Harvest Spoon and the school are very grateful to funding partner PAYCE for the generous three year funding the company is providing for the program.

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said PAYCE was excited to be part of a education program that showed young children the importance of the natural world and how healthy eating choices contributed to a healthy life.

"Telopea has developed a wonderful garden and PAYCE is pleased to provide the necessary funds and support of Seed Harvest Spoon to keep the good work going," said Mr Boyd.

Mr Boyd continued, "With Seed Harvest Spoon now on board, the school now has the benefit of professional tutorship and mentoring by a very experienced and enthusiastic team of educators in this specialised field.".

PAYCE General Manager, Dominic Sullivan said the program has the added benefit of promoting active community engagement through working bees, school excursions, local volunteering and even community events within the garden itself.

About Seed Harvest Spoon – the Nitty Gritty

Seed Harvest Spoon is a not-for-profit organisation working in conjunction with sympathetic businesses who are similarly dedicated to promoting healthy environments and localised food production through community gardening and environmental education programs in NSW schools and local communities.

The founders of Seed Harvest Spoon initially set about creating a Community Garden that would provide an opportunity for our children to see where food comes from.

Sharing a common passion for natural environments, healthy soil, education, permaculture, and gardening, Seed Harvest Spoon seek to share their knowledge and experience with the wider community through educational programs for young children.

Children gain a sense of self worth, cooperation and ownership by contributing in tangible and meaningful ways to the well being of the wider community.

Seed Harvest Spoon programs are closely aligned with Australian NSW National Curriculum with a view to embedding sustainable practices through early childhood learning in line with guidelines of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood, incorporating National Standards for Early Years Framework.

Watch this video to hear more about what the students and teachers at Telopea have to say about having the Seed Harvest Spoon Program at their school.

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