Plateau school veggie garden and orchard

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Plateau school veggie garden and orchard

  1. 1. Plateau School Veggie Garden and Orchard Proposed plan
  2. 2. Purpose of this plan <ul><li>To ensure there is a clear goal and plan for the veggie plots and orchard </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure all helpers are aware of the goals and plan </li></ul><ul><li>To set out the roles, responsibilities and the ground rules </li></ul><ul><li>To get the most out of this great asset </li></ul>
  3. 3. What ’ s the goal? <ul><li>Teach the kids how to grow fruit and veggietables </li></ul><ul><li>Grow stuff that is easy, and kids like to eat </li></ul><ul><li>Make the plots as productive as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Let the kids eat the produce from the veggie plot and orchard at harvest time </li></ul><ul><li>Give the kids opportunity to take ownership and responsibility of their class plot </li></ul>
  4. 4. What will the kids learn? <ul><li>Throughout the course of the season kids will learn to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sow seed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transplant seedlings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stake and maintain plants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prune </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other gardening activities like mulching, labelling etc </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The veggie plot plan <ul><li>veggie plots: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each class will have one garden plot to nurture. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There will be one extra plot for strawberries that has no designated class – yum. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pumpkin patch: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up designated pumpkin patch behind veggie beds or back of hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each class plants several pumpkin seeds/varieties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a biggest pumpkin competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sell at the gala or take home for yummy soup next autumn. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The veggie plot plan <ul><li>What to plant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Max of two varieties per plot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varieties that have a good chance of a successful harvest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>veggie ’ s that have a quick harvest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things the kids like </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class to choose from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cherry tomatoes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Snow peas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sunflowers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corn (would need full plot) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Potatoes (full plot) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How will this work? <ul><li>Class reps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 4 representatives from each class to have “ garden time ” with an adult helper for up to 1 hour per fortnight or as needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garden time will be used for sowing, weeding, harvesting etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reps can rotate to ensure all kids interested get to have a go. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reps water plots and pumpkin patch during week on breaks. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parent/Community help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult help is needed to teach and supervise the class reps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Require approx 3 hours help per week total </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request help from green fingered parents and the Te Marua community, through newsletters or mail drops. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharon Lysaght is happy to co-ordinate this coming season but will require support from other adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A schedule for “ garden time ” will be worked out with teachers and adults once we know our their availability. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The orchard plan <ul><li>What to plant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What kids will eat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low maintenance, disease resistant, hardy varieties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early and late varieties to prolong harvest period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees known for reliable and prolific harvests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dwarf rootstock to make harvest easy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial planting suggestion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples – x 6 (3 different varieties) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pears - x 4 (2 different varieties – espaliered) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plums – x 2 (1 variety) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passionfruit – x 4 (these have approx 5 yr life so will need to be replaced regularly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feijoa x 8 (2 varieties) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Some trees will bear from 2 years. Expect orchard in full production at 4 years. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Orchard Plan <ul><li>Where to plant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Behind main class room block by compost (Apples, pears, passionfruit) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hall end of the field (plums, feijoa ’ s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial planting will be achieved by a working bee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Care: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pruning and spraying (if needed) once per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watering over summer months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular clearing of deadfall to reduce amount of bugs/wasps during harvest </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Orchard Plan <ul><li>Cost: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oderings will provide 20% discount </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total cost of initial planting estimated at $460 (including discount) plus approx $80 for stakes, wire and ties. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We ask parents to donate specific amount for a tree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Could choose from our list of varieties/prices e.g. $10, $22, $30 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plaque denotes their donation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We ask parents for donations towards an orchard fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No specific family donated tree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We apply for a community grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We may missthe opportunity to plant this year </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Ground rules <ul><li>The class that owns the plot can decide what to do with the harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Kids can help themselves to strawberries as they ripen </li></ul><ul><li>If it isn ’ t ripe don ’ t pick it </li></ul><ul><li>If you ’ re helping in the garden you will must participate fully and be prepared to do jobs you may not like </li></ul><ul><li>Always wear gloves when working with plants and the soil </li></ul><ul><li>Always wash your hands after gardening </li></ul>

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