Today Cheryl and myself headed to a nearby garden centre to acquire initial growing supplies. My plan, given the wintry conditions, was always to start a few key vegetables from the warmth of my own office! We also wanted to pick crops that would be hardy enough for uncertain growing conditions.
Today I met again with Victoria to discuss the future of the garden, and we also met with the Head Teacher who signed off on the project. I also brought fourth year geographers with me, who were doing their “Beyond the Academy Project” on Boclair Academy’s school garden. Their project was amazing (all fourth-year geographers do an outreach-based project), and they spent weeks researching and designing the best practices for a community-facing school garden. You’ll see the poster they designed below – “Growing Green Futures.” Thanks to my amazing students, who ended up getting a well-deserved A for their project!
The first proper day of the project begins (funding from BA started on the 31st)! I met with Victoria (one of the geography teachers) and Cheryl at Boclair Academy to discuss the main objectives of the research and our next steps together. We talk (or rather, dream!) about the future of the garden and evaluate the existing site. It’s a very cold and frosty day, and its tricky to see how these few raised beds (or “boxes” as I call them in the video [I had much to learn]) can act as a hub for outdoor learning and student community.
I had a lot of fun playing around with the GrowVeg garden design software (which is fantastic- www.growveg.co.uk). Here’s what I came up with for an initial design using their garden planner. I wanted something manageable, with beds that share companion crops. I also tried to pay attention to the various heights of the crops, as well as the direction of the sun (the garden is north facing, with a hill on its southern edge)
Great page here on the various different types of support you can use for beans and peas.:
See also this great video below:
Children in low-income families suffer social exclusion and a sense of shame because they do not have enough food to eat, according to research published by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).
Check out the amazing video UofG fourth year geography students made for their “beyond the academy” projects. Great stuff! – Ian