3rd National School Garden Conference at The Organic Centre 26/9
MEP Marian Harkin to open the 3rd National School Garden Conference at The Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim on Saturday 26th September 2015.
The Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim is one of 2 venues (Marino Institute of Education in Dublin being the other) to host the 3rd School Garden Conference in Ireland on Saturday the 26th of September. After 2 very successful national school garden conferences at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin the event is branching out to the North West this year due to demand by teachers from primary and secondary level to make the conference more accessible and accommodate more teachers.
Organised by SEED (School Earth Education), the national network of organic centres and education colleges this year’s conference is titled “Down to Earth in the school garden” celebrating the international year of the soil. More information on the work of SEED on www.schoolearthed.ie
The focus again, as on the previous conferences, will be on highly informative workshops to link school gardens as living outdoor classrooms to the curriculum and the gardens and polytunnels at The Organic Centre are the ideal venue for the practical workshops.
The conference offers focused, varied and inspiring workshops for teachers and parents:
School gardeners Ciara Barrett, Johnny Toner and Hans Wieland from The Organic Centre will present workshops on soil testing, composting and wormeries, a hedgerow walk with plant identification and workshops on creating habitats, including a pond in the school grounds for biodiversity and bioliteracy.
Dr. Prannie Rhatigan will chair a plenary sessions highlighting research findings on the benefits of school gardens.
The conference will start at 9.30am and close at 4pm.
Fee for the day is €40 and 3 teachers from the one school pay only €80.00. Lunch at extra cost is available in The Grass Roof Café.
Participants are advised to bring outdoor clothing.
Booking through The Organic Centre website www.theorganiccentre.ie or over the phone 071-9854338