TALK through the items on the agenda slide At the very start we want to give you the chance to check-in on your goals, AND your coaching kick-off questions. ASK if anyone has any questions about the agenda, or has to leave early
We have already covered Behaviour Change and Goal Setting, so today we will look at peer coaching
Remember this model, showing the conditions required to facilitate change?
Remember this model, these characteristics of well-designed goals?
Remember backcasting from success, not forecasting from present circumstances?
Now we also want to introduce you to some techniques for peer coaching.
Sharing our goals support us to grow
Peer support processes, like coaching are the most powerful and effective way to accelerate leadership development and generation of sustainable values and culture. Think about how the same thing works for Jenny Craig, Movember the gym class or other charity or personal development activities.
Remember from the Water session that we asked you to complete the coaching questions?
Please get into pairs, and talk through 1. and 2. By the end of ten minutes you should know more about your partner, their goals and how they like to be coached (for the rest of the course). You can use this understanding for next time to support your partner one-on-one, but also in the group discussions.
Notes: Organic growing is the term used for what used to be the only way to grow before synthetic materials were introduced. “Conventional farming”, ie growing plants with the aid of synthetic products, has only been a very recent phenomenon (less than 100 years). Methods to grow organically vary from person to person, but the general principles of growing organically are listed here: Non GMO – organic growing stays true to what the plants were like originally. Seeds can be sourced from reliable companies that can trace the lineage of the plant – be wary of many seed companies. Many are owned by oil companies. Feed the soil – chemical fertilisers don’t enrich the soil, but instead are quickly taken up by the plant to increase growth. Organic growing concentrates on putting the nutrients back into soil – a process that can only occur with natural decomposition (such as composting). By feeding the soil, the plants will contain the nutrients, being more beneficial for who ever consumes the plant. Recycling plant and animal waste – as just mentioned, the only way to get nutrients back into the soil is to recycle organic matter such as composting, worm castings and manure. Non – chemical control of pests – pesticides are harmful to the environment, the plant and to yourself. Many insects and other organisms killed by pesticides are actually beneficial to the growing plant. There are many benefits to controlling “pests” without the use of chemicals.
Notes Better for you soil – as they won’t harm important soil organisms and better for the environment as won’t pollute our waterways (leaching into groundwater or runoff over the surface into drains or creeks) Pesticides are designed to kill and are toxic to humans – just read the label Create your own toxic free garden – use the techniques and recipes on P40 of Action Guide
Notes A great way to have a healthy garden (toxic free) by having your own compost or worm farm. You will no longer have to throw away your food scraps or green matter; they can go back into your garden as soil food. Avoid smelly compost Food scraps – Place food scraps in a heap (not meat), paper, tea, coffee dregs, lawn clippings, leaves and twigs and even vacuum cleaner contents. Keep it moist – not soggy. You may need to add water in summer. Too much water reduces the air pockets and airflow and causes the compost to become smelly. Turn it to aerate it – if you want your compost quickly buy one with a rotating handle Sun – sunny area for bins with an open bottom. Best mixture – 4 parts soft green materials (e.g. grass clippings, fruit and veg peelings) & 1 part brown (e.g. sawdust, shredded prunings, newspaper or dry leaves Find more tips in the Action Guide and from you local council or community garden
Notes Great for small areas – small backyard or even courtyard Eat all your fruit and vegetable scraps – They will eat all organic food scraps except meat and dairy and they don’t like lots of citrus, chili or onion. The smaller the pieces the faster they will eat. They eat 1/5 of their body weight in food per day. So for 3000 worms 150g will keep them happy. Produce worm casting and liquid fertiliser – this organic fertiliser is easier than compost for plants to access nutrients. It is highly concentrated so is best to be diluted to apply to gardens. Keep moist and out of direct sunlight or rain – the worms can overheat in sunlight and make sure liquid can drain from worm farm otherwise worms could drown. A good place to store them is a cool garden shed.
Notes Companion planting brings a balanced ecosystem to your garden allowing nature to do the work for you. They can make great companions to each other: Exchanging nutrients Enhancing flavours Fighting off enemies – many plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers and leaves that can either repel or attract insects depending on your needs. On P42 of your Action Guide there is a list of common companion plants you can use in your garden
Resources and other information: Organic Growers Association of Western Australia: www.ogawa.org.au - a great resource on organic growing. Groups have monthly meetings all over WA. Tagari Publications: www.tagari.com - a resource guide for permaculture systems. The Organic Gardener – a great magazine released quarterly. www.shop.abc.net.au Gardening Australia – does quite a few segments on organic gardening with some fantastic minds on the show. www.abc.net.au /gardening/ City Farm – East Perth. Has a wealth of information and operating systems which you can visit. Opening hours are 8:30pm-5pm Mon-Fri. Phone 9325 7229. www.menofthetrees.com.au/cityfarm.html Environmental Technology Centre: http:// wwwies.murdoch.edu.au /etc has operating permaculture sites which can be visited by booking a tour.
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