Multicultural School Gardens
For the evolution of this project for 2012-2014 please see Students Futurescaping Schools
This internationally recognised, multi award-winning program combines, multicultural understanding, community volunteering, sustainable gardening, healthy lifestyles, nutrition and cooking, and education outcomes into a unique and enriching whole school environmental education project.
How it works | Project Goals | What schools receive |
Project outcomes | Achievements | Sponsors & partners | Register your interest
How Multicultural School Gardens works
Students design, plant and harvest multicultural food gardens, growing fruit, vegetables and herbs from across the world. They cook traditional dishes using the produce from their multicultural gardens, share stories and information about different cultures, and celebrate their achievements with their whole school community.
- Celebrating cultural diversity and demonstrating the benefits of multiculturalism
- Creating multicultural garden and cooking projects within the school
- Helping to develop strong local communities and school communities
- Fostering healthy eating habits
What schools receive
- An introductory workshop for teachers
- Student sessions to design and plan, plant and celebrate
- Creative, flexible and enjoyable learning opportunities linked to the curriculum (click here for a pdf sample of how our extensive curriculum resource supports VELS)
- 200 page fully VELS linked enquiry-based curriculum unit
- Resource manual with fact sheets on seasonal planting, companion planting, composting and more
- Workbooks with step-by-step instructions to action plan
- Long term benefits for student health and well-being
- Real-life, practical learning experiences for students
- Regular gardening and cooking activities throughout the school year
- A physical asset in the school grounds including:
- Free seedlings donated by Scotsburn Nurseries
- Discount eWood garden edging (made from 100% Recycled polystyrene and related styrenic plastics) from Close The Loop
- Resources to assist with gardening and community links
- A context for celebrating the diverse and significant contributions of various cultures to multicultural Australia
Achieving many outcomes
Multicultural School Gardens helps teachers and schools meet government priority areas including e5 instructional model, Victorian Essential Learnings Standards (VELS), Australian Curriculum, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT), Performance and Development Culture, as well as supporting many strategies and priorities identified in government documentation.
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Multicultural School Gardens meets the requirements of the ResourceSmart AUSSI Vic Biodiversity Module (pdf brochure, 88 KB)
Multicultural School Gardens has:
Sponsors & partners
Thank you to:
- the Victorian Department of Employment, Education and Early Childhood Development for funding 30 schools between 2009-2011
- the City of Greater Dandenong Community Support Fund for funding two schools during 2011
- Scotsburn Nurseries and Close The Loop for their valuable and generous ongoing project support.
We invite inquiries from potential sponsors and partners to extend the project Australia-wide. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Register your interest
Check out the current Department of Education and Early Childhood Development fully-funded program for 2012-2014: Students Futurescpaing Schools. Now inviting applications from disadvantaged schools in Greater Melbourne.
Would your school like to be part of one of the Gould League's fantastic program?
The Gould League actively seeks funding to bring our proven programs to as many schools and communities as possible but places are limited - complete our short nline Registration of Interest form to be first in line for new projects.