5.1 Heritage Food Gardens – ESD Teaching Exemplar

School and classroom food gardens are a fantastic way to get learners practically involved in the process of building resilience and adapting to their environment influenced by climate change. When linking climate change with nutritional needs and the production of own food, school and classroom gardens are essential. Looking toward the future, one must understand and learn from the past, then bring that past into the stories told in your classroom. Indigenous Heritage Knowledge plays an important role in an expansive learning process. Intergenerational community knowledge practices are a foundation for learning in school curriculum settings utilised via a teaching garden. Looking at the garden as a teaching tool that the teacher uses and the learning as a process of culturally situated absences and emergencies, one can clarify more inclusive, environmental learning actions that are socio-culturally situated and thus more relevant concerning learner heritage and life experience. This module is an exemplar built on the ‘starting points’ approach around Food Garden Heritage practices that support the emergence of practical, start-up materials for teacher education accessible on this online learning platform.  The YouTube video below explains the structure of this Module.

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