Mission

To assist educators in Melbourne and surrounds, to implement a straw bale garden into their centre, that is:

Cost effective
Low maintenance
Educational
Sustainable
Meeting the framework requirements for sustainability and life cycle.

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BaleGrow™ Sustainable garden program

We would like to introduce BaleGrow™ as a resource for early childhood service providers. The centre’s can choose from two programs, according to their budget and centre’s requirements.

Our intention is to assist educators by providing them with the tools, method and support to implement one of our programs to meet their intended outcomes.

Research shows that some teachers with the ever-increasing work load, find it difficult to maintain annual flower gardens or veggie patches. Some educators have expressed concerns about not having the experience to achieve the intended outcome successfully.

Our programs are designed to assist staff on all the above areas.

Select from one of the following programs

 

Demonstration Only

Ideal for those that want to learn about sustainable growing methods. Interact with a real straw bale garden, but do not need a garden to meet your requirements.


Program Details

A 45-minute interactive presentation about sustainable gardening methods. This will highlight the advantages of straw bale gardening and gardening in small spaces. We will also touch on environmental awareness, at a level that can be understood for the demographic presented to.

This will be a fast-moving presentation that we have the children involved in the story about the origin of wheat. This will then lead into a conversation linking the wheat to straw and the straw to the garden. A growing straw bale garden will be used as a presentation tool will be unveiled to the children.

Included in the session:

  • Read Little Red Hen – Bring along an item for each child to hold and participate with during story time
  • What wheat is
  • What straw is and where it comes from
  • Why its sustainable
  • How to grow things without soil
  • What an eco-system is (I will bring along worms to show)
  • Why this garden does not last forever
  • Why we should grow our own and keeping us healthy
  • Don’t be a wally with water

What I will bring

  • Big book and items for participation
  • Straw bales
  • BaleGrow™ bale that is growing plants and is well established
  • Take home seed in a bio-degradable cup and carry bag for each child
  • Wheat grain for the children to touch and take home
  • Worms

Instant Garden

Ideal tool for learning about sustainable growing. Build an instant straw bale garden as part of the experience that you can keep and enjoy over the next 12 months.


Program Details

An interactive 1.5-hour incursion including mat time and planting out 3 pre-prepared BaleGrowTM gardens.

The first 30 minutes will be full of props such as different methods of sustainable gardening and the unveiling of a well-established straw bale garden. Children will be touching wheat grain, loose and still on the stem.

The next 40 minutes’ will be outside. The first 10 minutes will be with the whole group chatting about what plants we are planting and benefits of growing our own food. Groups will be then split into 5-6 children to plant out with myself. The remainder of the group can be playing outside or inside participating in another activity.

The last 20 minutes will be gathering children back on the mat, re-capping what we have achieved and what the group is going to have to do to help look after the garden. What the garden may produce over the year and why should we eat healthy food.

What I will bring:

  • 3 pre-conditioned straw bale gardens
  • Individual potted plants
  • Up-cycled watering cans
  • Plant food
  • Email reminders when to feed your garden and what to plant and when to plant it
  • Regular contact to see how things are progressing and assist if needed.

First 30 minutes (mat time)

  • Presentation of a growing bale
  • Alternative, sustainable garden methods demonstrating raised beds, pots etc…
  • What wheat is (wheat still on stem to take home)
  • What straw is and where it comes from
  • What’s happening inside the bale

Planting out the bales. 40 min Outside

This will include:

  • Group discussion about what we will be planting: What plant it is. Do we cook it or is it a salad etc..
  • Question & answer time while planting out
  • Small groups of children 5-6 for planting out
  • 2 small watering cans to keep
  • Plants x 25
  • Plant food

Children will be divided up into groups of 5-6 and moved outside to the bales that have been put in place prior to session commencing. Each child will be given a small seedling to plant inside the bale.

Back on the Mat (20 min)

Group discussion:

  • Garden maintenance (kid friendly version)
  • What do we need to eat everyday to stay healthy?
  • Don’t be a wally with water
  • Straw compost
  • Let’s talk worms

Program based on 25 children