Our Services

SEED Services for Schools

  • Site assessment
  • Garden plan design
  • Creating the garden
  • Practical gardening sessions with children, e.g. sowing, planting, native hedgerows, ponds, wildlife gardening etc.
  • On site educational School Tours and Workshops
  • Compost workshops
  • 'Train the Trainer' Courses
  • 'The Heritage In Schools' programme

Teacher Training and Support

  • Gardening skills training and supporting the curriculum
  • Advice on grants and funding
  • Consultancy and follow-up support
  • Summer training courses supported by the Department of Education and our local Education Centres

Fees

Fees for in school hands-on practical session (includes site assessment and garden plan)
  • €150 per day per trainer *
  • €100 for half day per trainer *
  • €40 per hour *
Fees for Educational Tours, Workshops and Activities
  • Starting at €5/child
* Some facilitators are subsidised through the Heritage in Schools Programme.

Contact each Centre for further details.

Publications Available

The Year Round Organic School Garden

By Irish Seed Savers Association and Kerry Earth Education Project

A practical manual for teachers and educators looking to set up and run their very own school garden. It's a practical guide detailing how to set up your vegetable patch, plant your own woodland or orchard and has practical tables for teachers allocating jobs and habitats for each class to take on in the garden.

Available from Irish Seed Savers Association and Kerry Earth Education

 

Growing Together School Garden Tips & Healthy Recipes

Edited and compiled by Ciara Barrett, The Organic Centre

Monthly school garden tips and simple seasonal recipes. A month to month guide throughout the the year with gardening tips and recipes for teachers and school children or for parents who want to get their children involved in gardening.

Available from The Organic Centre

 

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools DVD

By Kerry Earth Education Project for Bord Bia

This DVD shows teachers and pupils how to plan, build, develop and maintain a school garden using organic principles. Along with the DVD disc, the pack contains 24 Worksheets/Bileoga Oibre to complement the video as well as a comprehensive document showing the curriculum linkages. The content is in English and in Irish and available free of charge to all Primary Schools.

Available from Bord Bia

 

Go Wild at School

By Paddy Madden

Explains how to establish various habitats on the school grounds such as a mini-wood, wildflower meadow, hedgerow, pond, nectar patch etc. It also shows how to establish a cultivation zone.

Available for €15.00 (plus €3 p&p) from paddy.madden@mie.ie

 

The School Garden - What to do and when to do it

By Paddy Madden

Outlines what could be done and how in the school garden every month of the school year.

Available for €10.00 (plus €2 p&p) from paddy.madden@mie.ie

 
 

Evaluation of SEED School Garden Conference 2013

The conference was held on October 5th 2013 in Marino Institute of Education, and was attended by 125 delegates - teachers (primary, secondary and third level), gardening tutors and horticulturalists.

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