Background to the project
In February 2008, a team of organic experts visited a number of primary schools in Ireland to assess the schools' gardens. The experts work with the children to develop an 18-month organic gardening programme. The schools involved were:
- Holy Trinity Senior School in Donaghmede Dublin 13
- St Michael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot
- Scoil an Linbh Íosa in Prosperous
- Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire in Ardee, Co Louth
The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food.
The programme in action
Children from all classes were involved in the project and the DVD demonstrates the children’s involvement in creating a garden. The focus was different in the different schools – for example, very little development of a school garden had taken place in the Holy Trinity School in Donaghmede while the school in Prosperous had a well-developed garden in place and the focus here was in enhancing it with for example an insect hotel and improving their composting facilities.
Watch our Organic Gardening Video Clips
Organic Gardening for Primary Schools Videos
These videos show teachers and pupils how to plan, build, develop and maintain a school garden using organic principles. The content is in English.
We have created a variety of worksheets to support your gardening activities. Everything from starting out designing your garden to moving plants from the classroom to the garden. These resources are available to download for free in both Irish and English.