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Granville East PS wins Seed Harvest Spoon Grant

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seed Harvest Spoon would like to thank the Payce Foundation for sponsoring the 2017 School Garden Grant Competition, and congratulate Granville East PS as the winning school. On Monday 27 November Granville East PS Community Warrior students were presented with certificates by NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes in recognition of their work in producing the winning application. We look forward to collaborating with the Granville East community in 2018. Below is a story written by the Payce Foundation as featured on their website.



Granville East Public School will have its own edible school garden after winning the PAYCE Foundation sponsored Seed Harvest Spoon competition this year.

The grant winner was officially announced at the school today where students were presented with certificates by the NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes.

PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said the students showed outstanding enthusiasm in its video submission.

“The school’s community warriors group demonstrated a passion for not only the opportunity to build their own edible garden, but also a superior understanding of environmental issues.”

As the winning school students will receive:

  • Materials and support to design and build an edible garden, including a waste management system.

  • An eight-week education program

  • An information program for teachers and parents

The students will learn how to grow local, seasonal and organic food, generate healthy environmental ecosystems and promote local biodiversity.

Students will also learn about creating compost and the life of bees.

At the end they will get to enjoy the produce they created.

“The PAYCE Foundation is committed to backing programs which build stronger communities and the Seed Harvest Spoon program has an excellent track record of not only delivering important education but also bringing communities together,” Mr Sullivan said.

”Our approach to urban development is not just bricks and mortar.”

“We want to develop long term relationships which deliver lasting social improvement.”

The Director of Seed Harvest Spoon, Michelle Carrick, made a presentation to the school on the grant program.

“Michelle is a great advocate for the program and its outstanding educational benefits for children and we are proud to back her vision,” Mr Sullivan said.









                

2017 Charity Golf Day

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 Charity Golf Day


Thank you for your generous support in making our day a success!


A big shout out from the Seed Harvest Spoon Team to all those who participated as sponsors, players or guests at our second annual Charity Golf Day Friday 8th Sept. 

The weather was wonderful, the golf was great and a whole lot of fun was had by players of all ability and spectators alike! 

We are so pleased to announce we raised over $15,000.  The generosity of everyone through buying raffle tickets, auction items or pledging funds will not go unnoticed. Now we are able to help create a Native garden and yarning circle at Riverwood PS, and buy basic gardening equipment and a year’s supply of plants for the schools we are working with.

As well, these funds enable us to continue to employ dedicated Educators. These amazing teachers will keep planning and delivering awesome lessons with kids in the school gardens. That’s where we know we make a measurable difference – from helping the children prepare gardens, plant seedlings and get excited about eating vegetables – to watching and just enjoying learning and being in an outdoor classroom.

The day was made possible with the awesome support from the following sponsors:






Early Years Learning - In the Preschool Garden

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Over the past eight months Seed Harvest Spoon have been building knowledge alongside the children and educators at the 26 Sydney wide Only About Children campuses. 

The children are learning how they can contribute to caring for our earth by waste sorting to reduce what goes to landfill, recycling food scraps to create healthy soil, turning off taps and mindful water play to conserve water.

Over the last two months the children have been learning about where their food comes by planting and growing a range of seasonal vegetables in their garden. Engagement with soil, plants and the outdoors contributes to the overall health and wellbeing of every child.

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.

Sharing the experience of growing food with peers and educators encourages a sense of belonging and responsibility. Planting a seed is a careful cognitive process, especially when understanding how deep to plant a carrot seed compared to a bean seed. Dexterity skills are developed when carefully picking up the tiny carrot seed and sowing it in the soil. At the end of the lesson all 30 seed pots are lined up the children look for their name label with pride and enthusiasm. 

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.

Using a magnifying glass children explore up close a diversity of creatures that live in the soil under their feet. They are excited to discover different creatures, but worms are always a favourite! No matter how many worms children find each new discovery is celebrated with more joy than the last. Adding compost or nutrient rich vermicast to the soil keeps our newly planted seedlings healthy. Especially when food scraps from our kitchen have helped to create the natural fertiliser. Compost and vermicast help our veggies grow strong and provide our body with nutrients and minerals when we eat them freshly picked.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.

Our plants thrive and grow by absorbing sunshine, so do we. Time spent outdoors is beneficial to our emotional and physical wellbeing. Involvement in gardening generates a sense of purpose, where soil under our fingernails is a healthy sign of connection to nature! Handling a delicate seed or seedling provides us with a tactile connection to life. Harvesting the lettuce, carrots, spinach and bok choy we grow in our preschool garden is a tasty nutrient rich bowl of goodness for our growing body.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

Children love to learn, as Seed Harvest Spoon become a familiar face at the many campuses we visit, the children confidently and enthusiastically greet us by asking “What are we learning today?” When we ask the children what we spoke about last time we visited, they eagerly respond with soil, worms, water, rubbish, recycling, turning off taps and more. When planting a seedling children are learning about the process and technique. They engage in learning by digging a hole in the soil with a trowel, carefully placing the seedling in the hole without disturbing the roots, covering the roots with soil for protection, giving a little water and placing some mulch around the soil to conserve water. Vocabulary expands by using correct terminology in the garden. Early skills in science develop as we observe the germination of a carrot seed. Experimentation and inquiry evolve though questioning - What happens if I plant my seed too deep? What if I forget to water my seed?

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

In the garden we learn and create context by sharing stories, children talk eagerly about their home garden. Child’s voice: “My Dad grows chillies in our garden, he loves them, but I don’t, they're too hot for me!”  Using our imagination, body movement and storyboards helps us understand how a seed comes to life. We read a book with engaging images and rhyming words to finish off the lesson, its a fun way to reflect on what we have learnt. Labels help us to identify our individual seed pot and what we have planted, some of us are writing our own name and words, while others are great at spelling their name helping the teacher to write it for them.  We read the seed packet and discover it may take 14 days of watering and waiting for our seed to germinate. Teachers use their iPad as a tool for taking photos and documenting learning that we can use to recount our experience later. 

Children's seed pots lined up around garden bed ready to take home & below a carrot seed planted by a preschooler that has germinated.

Author: Michelle Carrick 
Seed Harvest Spoon Co-Founder & Program Director 
© 2016:Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation Ltd.

Source: 

Commonwealth of Australia Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2009). Belonging, being and becoming: Early years learning framework for Australia. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations.







Funding News

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

As a Not-for-Profit organisation Seed Harvest Spoon is dedicated to providing our clients a professional, high quality face-to-face education service. We believe in the power of grassroots education in supporting communities to thrive and work together for enhanced health and wellbeing. We are very grateful for the support given to us by our sponsors and funding partners. This recognition enables us to continue the valued work we do within communities. We delight in being able to observe the positive difference working alongside children and their family members make to feeling a sense of belonging and value as citizens in caring for earth and people health. 

Recently we have received the following funding to improve the service and projects we deliver to communities:

Lantern Club, Roselands - upgrade to Riverwood Public School garden - education in food security, healthy eating, food literacy and cooking.

City of Canada Bay - website upgrade (mobile responsive & Eco Store) - you can now have access to our website across all mobile devices and purchase some of our favourite resources through our Eco Store - take a look here.

Canada Bay Club - website upgrade (members area) - due to go live January 2017, further details will be announced later this year - watch this space. 

City of Canada Bay - Research & development of our Community Food Program - soon to be released.

Visit Our Partners page here to view all of our Funding Partners and Collaborators.

For regular up to date information on our projects, please follow us on Facebook.

 

 

School Garden Funding Partnership - Three Schools Three Years

Monday, November 30, 2015

Melrose Park Public School’s community garden project given three years’ support by PAYCE


Melrose Park Public School is the third Sydney school to benefit from a multi-school three-year environmental education program being conducted by the Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation and funded by corporate sponsor, PAYCE.

The $200,000 Schools Program now covers support for three school community gardens in outer metropolitan Sydney, including two in the Parramatta region. The other schools are Telopea Public School and Riverwood Public School.

Under a partnership agreement with PAYCE and the schools, Seed Harvest Spoon will deliver weekly free workshops and tutorials over the next three years commencing first term in January. PAYCE has also provided funds to assist the schools to complete their 2015 programs of environmental learning.

The partnership is worth $52,000 to Melrose Park Public School, made up of $48,000 of three years’ support plus $4,000 to complete activities at the school in 2015 final term. In addition, PAYCE has provided a further $48,000 to Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation to cover the organisation’s development and operations.

Seed Harvest Spoon, a not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney’s Inner West, specialises in early childhood and primary school environmental education. Leading Australian property investment and development group, PAYCE, has been a strong supporter of environmental education and food gardening programs in schools and communities for several years.

Seed Harvest Spoon workshops and tutorials are delivered by highly skilled professionals adopting a whole-of-community approach. Teachers, parents and carers are encouraged to participate in the lessons alongside the students to increase knowledge, community involvement and interest to join events such as working bees and harvest days.

The partnership with Melrose Park Public School was announced today by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and PAYCE General Manager, Dominic Sullivan during a visit to the school and inspection of its garden.

Dr Lee said the generous funding gesture by PAYCE would allow the school to enhance and expand its garden activities and strengthen its relationship with the local community.

“The garden has been a fantastic success for the school community over the last couple of years and the broader community have got right behind it through working bees and the volunteers program,” he said.

“The other good news is that the students are becoming better informed about growing food and biodiversity and, in turn, are encouraged to eat more fruit and vegetables, which in turn leads to healthy lifestyles.”

Mr Sullivan said PAYCE was thrilled to offer the long term environmental education program to Melrose Park Public School in partnership with Seed Harvest Spoon.

“We see any program that promotes the development of healthy local communities through personal health and wellbeing, strong and connected communities and a healthier environment as being most worthy of support,” he said.

“The program also promotes active community engagement through working bees, school incursions, local volunteering and community events in the garden itself.”

Mr Sullivan explained that the sponsorship with Seed Harvest Spoon was an extension of a relationship built up in recent years with Riverwood Public School and the local community, where community gardens at the school and Washington Park are flourishing.

“We’ve seen the benefits that flow from the hands-on, practical nature of this type of program, with pupils learning the importance of teamwork and developing self-confidence and the value of involving the community,” he said.

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the program showed young children the importance of the natural world and how healthy eating choices contributed to a healthy and long life.

“Melrose Park Public School has developed a wonderful garden of which they can be justly proud, but need money and other resources to keep it going,” he said.

“In this instance, PAYCE has come to the party with the necessary resources for the school and community to plan well into the future and continue with its development.

“With Seed Harvest Spoon on board, the school’s students and teachers now have the benefit of professional tutorship and mentoring by the very experienced and enthusiastic team,” Boyd said.

Principal Clare Kristensen said the school’s Kitchen Garden plays an important role in the environmental education of students and there was a lot to be gained from the PAYCE sponsored program.

“The garden is also used in relation to other activities such as digital photography, films and art,” she said.

“We are very grateful to PAYCE and their team for their corporate support and we look forward to a great relationship with them and the Seed Harvest Spoon team.”

Michelle Carrick, Seed Harvest Spoon’s Program Director said her organisation would deliver a staged program to the schools over the next three years.

“My colleagues and I are very excited to be able to continue the learning program we have just started at Melrose Park and one of the first steps in the New Year will be strengthening the volunteer and training programs,” she said.

“The final stage further down the track will involve empowering communities to lead the sustainability practices in their established gardens and will also include neighbouring schools participation through incursions and additional programs.”

About PAYCE

PAYCE is a public listed Australian company with a proven track record in creating exceptional new communities.

Founded in 1978, PAYCE is a recognised leader in innovative urban renewal, and has won a reputation for transforming places through its integrated residential, retail and commercial developments.

PAYCE has won numerous industry awards for its projects, including Development of the Year at the Urban Taskforce’s 2015 Awards and Best Retail and Commercial development in NSW and ACT at the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards of Excellence and most recently best Retail development in Australia in the national Interior Design Excellence Awards. PAYCE is currently delivering an exciting new urban development, Royal Shores, and community amenities beside the Parramatta River at Ermington in partnership with Sekisui House Australia.

PAYCE is firmly committed to social equity. For many years, PAYCE has helped to provide support to those in society disadvantaged by circumstances. Working alongside respected not-for-profit organisations and groups, PAYCE supports the good work and services being delivered, and helps provide resources needed by these bodies in progressing towards hopeful futures and social harmony for those in need.

In addition to supporting the Seed Harvest Spoon Schools Program at a number of locations, PAYCE is currently working in partnership with the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Matthew Talbot Hostel, Adele, St Merkarious Charity and Windgap. PAYCE also recently formed a Foundation Partnership with the Sydney Street Choir to support the choir financially and corporately over the next three years.


 



Telopea Public School's community garden set to thrive from corporate funding

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Telopea Public School’s community garden will benefit from a three-year funding partnership announced today (September 18) between Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation and principal corporate sponsor, PAYCE.

Seed Harvest Spoon will deliver an expanded program free of charge to Telopea Public School for three years commencing from January 2016. PAYCE will also provide additional funds to assist the school to complete this year’s program of learning.

The partnership is worth $52,000 to Telopea Public School, made up of $48,000 for three years’ support plus $4,000 to complete activities at the school in the final term this year. In addition, PAYCE has pledged a further $48,000 to Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation over the same period to cover the organisation’s development and operations.

Seed Harvest Spoon, a not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney’s inner west, specialises in early childhood and primary school environmental education. Leading Australian property investment company, PAYCE, has been a strong supporter of the environmental education and food gardening program for several years.

Seed Harvest Spoon workshops are delivered to schools by highly skilled professionals adopting a whole-of-community approach. Teachers, parents and carers are encouraged to participate in the lessons alongside the students to increase knowledge development, community involvement and interest to join events such as, working bees and harvest days. 

The funding partnership was announced today (September 18) by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and PAYCE General Manager, Dominic Sullivan during a visit to the school. Also attending were Michelle Carrick and Natalie Er from Seed Harvest Spoon, school Principal, Alan McGowen and school captains, Kathleen Birrell and Antwone Robertson.

Mr Lee congratulated PAYCE for its generous gesture in providing the funding for the next three years to allow the school to further develop the range of activities associated with the school community garden.

“The garden has been an outstanding success for both the school community and the broader community, who are very supportive and have become involved through working bees and the volunteer program,” he said.

“One of the most important outcomes from the Seed Harvest Spoon program is that the students learn about growing food and sustainability and are encouraged to eat more fruit and vegetables, which in turn leads to healthy eating and lifestyles.”

Mr Sullivan said PAYCE was thrilled to join with Seed Harvest Spoon in delivering its environmental education program to Telopea Public School.

“We fully support the program’s aims to facilitate the development of healthy local communities through personal health and wellbeing, strong and connected communities and a healthier environment,” he said.

“In addition to learning about growing food and ecology principles, the program promotes active community engagement through community working bees, school incursions, local volunteering and community events in the garden.

“The sponsorship is an extension of our successful long-term relationship with Riverwood Public School and the local community, where the school community garden is now flourishing in its fifth year.

“We have seen first-hand at Riverwood the benefits that flow from the hands-on, practical nature of the program, with pupils learning the importance of teamwork and developing self-confidence and improved self-esteem through their own efforts and achievements in the garden.

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the program was a wonderful way to introduce young children to the natural world and was a catalyst for them leading a healthy life through good nutrition and healthy eating choices.

“Telopea Public School has developed a wonderful productive garden through the efforts and enthusiasm of the students and the help of school community and PAYCE is pleased to come on board to keep that momentum going,” he said.

“The funding will allow the school and its teachers to continue to build on the good work to date under the tutorship and mentoring of the very experienced and enthusiastic team from Seed Harvest Spoon.”

Michelle Carrick, Seed Harvest Spoon’s Program Director said the long- term funding from PAYCE was most welcomed and will allow the organisation to grow its current one-year program to a program covering three years.

“We are excited to be able to continue the learning program we have started here with the students and teachers at Telopea Public School. Our vision is to extend the program’s reach to implement and strengthen community volunteer programs and training,” she said.

“The final stage will involve empowering communities to lead the sustainability practices in their established gardens and will also include neighbouring schools participation through incursions and additional programs.”

About PAYCE

PAYCE is a public listed Australian company with a proven track record in creating exceptional new communities.

Founded in 1978, PAYCE is a recognised leader in innovative urban renewal, and has won a reputation for transforming places through its integrated residential, retail and commercial developments.

PAYCE has won numerous industry awards for its projects, including Development of the Year at the Urban Taskforce’s 2015 Awards and Best Retail and Commercial development in NSW and ACT at the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards of Excellence. PAYCE is currently delivering an exciting new urban development, Royal Shores, beside the Parramatta River at Ermington in partnership with Sekisui House Australia.

PAYCE is firmly committed to social equity. For many years, PAYCE has helped to provide support to those in society disadvantaged by circumstances.

PAYCE’s policy is to work alongside respected not-for-profit organisations and groups in supporting the good works being delivered, and to help provide resources needed by these bodies in progressing towards hopeful futures and social harmony for those in need.

In addition to supporting the Seed Harvest Spoon Schools Program at a number of locations, other organisations and bodies that PAYCE is currently working with include the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Matthew Talbot Hostel, Adele, St Merkarious Charity and Windgap. PAYCE also recently formed a Foundation Partnership with the Sydney Street Choir to support the choir financially and corporately over the next three years.