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  • Welcome – as per p31 of guide
  • 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.
  • Talk to your neighbour for a couple of minutes, then I would like to hear from some of you...

LivingSmart Geraldton 2010 - GardenSmart LivingSmart Geraldton 2010 - GardenSmart Presentation Transcript

  • Garden Smart for Productivity (and a little biodiversity)
  • Agenda for today
    • Welcome
    • Coaching and Check-in (15min)
    • GardenSmart – Intro (10min)
    • GardenSmart – Tour (30min)
    • Break (10min)
    • Discussion Circles and Goal-setting (30min)
    • Conclusion, looking forward (10min)
  • Remember? Three things that can help us make change..
    • Understanding Behaviour Change
    • Practicing Goal Setting
    • Engaging in Peer Coaching
  • Remember - Behaviour Change Model?
  • Remember - GREAT goals
    • Specific, Measurable and When by:
      • Yes or No rule
      • No wriggle rule
    • What would be the benefits?
    • Identify the barriers that might stop you, and how you would work around them.
    • Allow how you achieve your goal to be flexible
    • Visualise having achieved it.
    • Write it down and sign it, then share it.
  • Backcasting 1. Begin with the end in mind 2. Move backwards from the vision to the present 3. Move step by step towards the vision Present Future moving step by step We cannot see into the future but we can envision it! © 2009 The Natural Step Visioning
  • Peer Coaching
  • Sharing is Caring Slide
  • Because we are all different… We are not islands unto ourselves…
  • And are taking on a big challenge…
  • So, we need to support each other in a flexible way that creates a culture of success…This is COACHING Slide
    • A coach helps someone become the best person they can be, helping them achieve their goals along the way.
  • What is coaching?
    • Coaching involves use of:
      • QUESTIONS (not answers);
      • learning from feedback; and
      • experiencing what works best for the person being coached.
    • Two key things you can do as a peer or coach are to:
      • Look for blindspots - things the other person can’t see for themselves
      • Use straight talk – clear and compassionate communication that helps others see their own blindspots
      • What three words to describe you when you’re at your best?
      • Your two most developed life skills?
      • What one thing are you proud of having achieved in your life, and what did that teach you about your potential?
    • AND
      • How do you like to receive feedback?
    Remember the Coaching Kick-Off questions from last time?
  • 10 minutes - Check-in
    • Coaching kick-off questions
        • So you understand each other better.
    • Goals from last week
        • Goals well-designed, achieved, what next?
    Slide
  • Anyone want to report back on their conversation?
  • Garden Smart for Productivity (and biodiversity!)
  • What is organic growing?
    • Organic growing is the method of growing plants without synthetically produced materials – only naturally occurring materials are used for the entire process using the following principles:
      • using non-genetically modified plants to grow
      • concentrates on feeding the soil, not the plant
      • fertilising the soil by recycling plant and animal waste
      • controlling pests without chemicals
    • Can range from containers on balconies to large sections of the backyard.
  • Productive Gardens - Why?
    • The ultimate system to live smart:
      • Need to buy less
      • Create less packaging
      • No transport
      • No Chemicals
      • Put your compost to good use
      • Fresh vegetables and herbs ready to use
      • Tastes better, fresher and healthier
  • Successful and Sustainable Produce
    • Pick an area of a garden that gets at least five hours sun a day
    • Rotate your veges each season so that you don’t deplete the soil as quickly
    • Companion Planting
    • Dig organic compost into the soil and you wont need chemical fertilisers
    • Mulch and you will prevent weeds and reduce water evaporation
    • Use chemical free pesticides; garlic sprays, seaweed sprays etc.
    • Do not water too frequently or too quickly
  • No Chemicals
    • Chemical free pesticides and fertilisers
    • Better for you
    • Better for your soil
    • Create your own toxic free garden!
  • Composting
    • Use a compost heap in the corner of your garden or a compost bin
    • Avoid smelly compost
      • Use food scraps
      • Keep it moist
      • Turn it to aerate it
      • Sun
      • Best mixture – 4 parts soft green materials & 1 part brown
  • Worm Farms
    • Great for small areas
    • Eat all your fruit and vegetable scraps
    • Produce worm casting and liquid fertiliser
    • Keep moist and out of direct sunlight or rain
  • Companion Planting
    • Plants don’t like to live alone!
    • They can make great companions to each other:
      • Exchanging nutrients
      • Enhancing flavours
      • Fighting off enemies
  • Top 5 Tips for smart gardening for productivity
    • Plant your own veges and herbs.
    • Use non-toxic pesticides.
    • Mulch your gardens.
    • Set up a compost or worm farm.
    • Use your own fertiliser from your compost or worm farm.
  • AND , Top 5 Tips for living garden smart for biodiversity
    • Plant some native plants in your garden.
    • Replace some or all of your grass.
    • Replicate natural bushland by creating vegetation layers.
    • Create safe havens for wildlife.
    • Get out and enjoy the local bushland or participate in a local friends group.
  • Let’s tour the garden!
  • BREAK
  • Discussion Circles
  •  
  • Remember…
    • ROLES: Facilitator, Timekeeper, Scribe
    • AGENDA: What GardenSmart topics are most important for your group?
    • GOAL SETTING:
  • Report back after 25 minutes
  • Review and Looking Forward
    • Review
      • Peer Coaching
      • GardenSmart
      • Discussions
    • From your perspective:
      • What stood out?
      • What worked? What could be improved?
    • Field Trip this weekend
    • Next week