It is also important for the children to experience a sustainable way of life, growing food, watering, harvesting and cooking each day. Sandra Frain, our biodynamic gardener comes each week and gardens with the children in our raised vegetable beds and our herb and flower gardens. They watch our native bees leave to pollinate the local native bush and they eat white mulberries from our tree.
Parents have benefited from four talks about organic/biodynamic gardening and foods and Sandra has held two composting workshops at the preschool.
The Garden team is increasingly making more use of the resources that are available on the campuses and among the teacher, staff and parent bodies.
We now collect food waste on campuses via several successful compost bins and heaps. At our school canteen, we collect the vegetable scraps and coffee grounds and in turn, supply the canteen with herbs and other embellishments.
Working Bees have taken place at the Preschool, Castlecrag and Middle Cove campuses, to make our necessary compost for nourishing the garden beds. This has been a great opportunity for parents, teachers and children to learn how to make a compost pile and to learn about the preparations that are unique to Biodynamics.
The maintenance team and grounds keepers regularly bring us leaves from all three campuses to support the carbon needed for the compost making. Thus we are practicing sustainability on our campuses by not sending the leaves off to green waste and buying back compost.
At this year’s Family Fair, we worked towards a more sustainable environment by making compost onsite on the day with all the food and coconuts and paper products from the Fair, with two other Steiner schools photographing our efforts for their own use at their fairs!
At Middle Cove, parents and children of Class 3 made manure concentrate. The mixture was buried in a specially prepared pit under the soil for a 10-week maturing time. It was then decanted and distributed for future use to fertilise our community’ own gardens.
In July, our Middle Cove garden hosted two Biodynamic workshops for the International Vital Years Early Childhood conference. Thirty teachers created a compost pile and made fertilisers for the garden. They look forward to taking these skills to their own schools now.
“Last Sunday’s BD Soil Activator workshop was kindly held by Sandra Frain on behalf of Class Three. After six weeks of alchemy under hessian blankets, the soil activators will be put into jars for sale at the Class Three produce stall at the Glenaeon Family Fair.”
This week lots of willing children, teachers and parents led by Sandra Frain were involved in preparing a magic potion of the Biodynamic sort. Students at Middle Cove and Castlecrag carried out four consecutive BD stirs on each campus, to try and help break the drought covering so much of our country.
They stirred and stirred the potion over three days, following the prescribed progression of applications, and then sprinkled it all over our campuses with their good wishes, hopes and prayers, all the while working to support the rebalancing of our earth and atmosphere.
It is our contribution to helping nature to rebalance itself with specially prepared medicines of the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms. Perhaps the homeopathic doses of such will help the rain so desperately needed to come.
Below: Sandra with Jonathan Wicker, who is a keen supporter over the years of the garden.
At the preschool this week, parents were greeted by our new playgroup educator, Sandra, who offered them each one plant/flower to plant in our garden. The children really enjoyed adding their plant to the soil with the biodynamic compost from Castlecrag which some of them even helped to make!