St. Michael’s Children’s Home is a therapeutic and developmental residential environment for 25 vulnerable young women from the Cape Metropole and surrounding areas, stretching from Mowbray to Cape Point, between the ages of 13 and 18, who have been traumatized and removed from their families for their own protection and safety, by an order of the Children’s Court.
This food garden forest will be implemented by the girls and myself while running a Permaculture education programme. The girls will become the custodians of the garden.
I’m currently looking for funding for this project.
This is the educational programme for the reaminder of this term:
In this terms children’s programme, we’ll not only cover the important aspects of food gardening but also, about caring for our earth and her people. This course is guided by our Permaculture Ethics and Principles. Courses run during school terms.
Children are natural gardeners. They’re naturally curious, they learn by doing, and revel in having their fingers in the earth and watching something grow. They experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while patiently observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening with our children is great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.
This programme is aimed at children between the ages of 14 and 18.
Here is our programme for this term.
DATES FOR 1ST TERM 2017
Every Tuesday from 17:30 to 18:30 (during school term, excluding public holidays and long weekends)
TUESDAY 7 MARCH: CREATIVE PROJECT
On the 8th of March is World Woman’s Day. We will be preparing something special for the woman that we know and admire.
TUESDAY 14 MARCH: HERB SPIRAL
We will be building and planting a herb spiral, as well as learning about and tasting some of the herbs that we’ll be planting.
TUESDAY 21 MARCH: FORESTS AND WATER
I’ll be Last Quarter moon planting with our children.
Together the children and I will be making a pond and learn about the diversity that various water bodies can bring to the natural ecosystem of your garden.
Today is the also an International Day of Happiness. The 21st of March is International Day of Forests and the 22nd of March is World Water Day.
I’ll be running a Permaculture Design Course during during this time and may have a substitute stand in for me on this day.
TUESDAY 28 MARCH: NEW MOON & CLOSING OF TERM
It will be New Moon on the 28th of March so we will be doing preparation for New Moon planting. It is customary for us to have a closing picnic or outing on the last day of term. The details will be confirmed closer to the time.
New Moon will be great time to lay under the stars with your children and to discuss the different constellations.
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