Over the Xmas, New Year holidays a childrens club was set up for guests and I was asked to help with garden based activities.
The first activity was showing the children how to raise seeds, plant seedlings and to care for them.
A big thank you goes to INDEP http://www.indepfoundation.org/ whose DVD I used which had been designed especially for educating children in sustainable gardening in Indonesia.
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The children were enthusiastic when asked questions on the type of vegetables grown and how to care for the seedlings and plants. All raised their hands and proudly sharing their knowledge loudly.
|Mulching With A Smile|
The staff at Eco Centro had prepared beds for the children to add compost, plant lemon grass, mulch and then water. The children ranged in age from 2years to 10 years and of various nationalities, Russian, French, English, Thi and German .All worked together brilliantly getting dirty and wet.
By the end of our time together the children edge planted the lemon grass where it will stay to become part of a guild demonstration for the Outdoor Permaculture Classroom.
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To finish off we had a smell and sight test with herbs from the garden. The activity was to be a competition, everyone was a winner !!
Again the children showed great enthusiasm throughout the morning without one squeal or a tear in sight. The sign of a successful childrens activity.
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