School garden a class act
By Fionnuala Fallon
The Irish Times
September 29, 2012
It’s a theme dear to the heart of Paddy Madden, the hugely respected, award-winning environmentalist and educator with 31 years’ experience as a primary teacher, during which time he designed and developed the country’s first wildlife/organic school garden at Scoil Treasa Naofa in Dublin. Since 2003, he has worked as a lecturer at the Marino Institute of Education, training future primary teachers. He’s also the author of many books and papers on school gardens, including the recently revised Go Wild At School, an informative manual on how to create an educational school garden.
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Tickle the earth with a hoe,’ someone once wrote, and ‘it will laugh a harvest.’
By Fionnuala Fallon with Richard Johnston
The Collins Press
Nov. 2012, 304 pages
This book tells the stories of some very talented and very different ‘ticklers of the earth’, all of whom live and garden in Ireland today. From schoolchildren to pensioners, amateurs to experts, what they share in common is a delight in growing their own fruit and vegetables. They inspire as they share the knowledge and skills to connect with nature at a deeper level and truly experience growing your own, often laborious but always rewarding. Some successes are against the odds, as with the 8-Square-Metres blogger and a wonderful school garden in Dublin’s Donaghmede. For a Cork grandmother and allotment-holder, GYO is a family activity, while a sense of community drives a thriving garden in Bundoran. For Trevor Sargent, his town garden is a way of leading by example.
December 1, 2012 Comments Off on From the Ground Up – How Ireland is Growing Its Own