Create a Safe Environment
Providing a safe environment for school food gardens to operate encourages program participation and provides opportunities for students to build supportive relationships through positive social interaction with adults and peers.
School food gardens have adult supervision to ensure a safe environment for students.
• School food gardens programs follow the Model Framework: Protection from Child Abuse, Discrimination and Sexual Abuse (Nova Scotia Department of Education 2003) on matters pertaining to volunteer recruitment and volunteer management.
School food gardens programs follow established school protocols regarding the handling of medical emergencies.
Safety in the garden:
School food gardens operate in a safe physical environment with participants receiving instruction regarding safe usage of tools and supplies, proper and safe practices for handling food and sun safety.
Safety First: Demonstrate understanding Have class create agreements on garden safety. What are the physical and community rules needed to make sure everyone feels welcome? Have students demonstrate their understanding of safety rules through health and physical education classes. Students can show proper physical form when moving heavy objects or create guidelines for clean working spaces.
Story from the Field: Supervision in the Garden
Having adult staff and volunteers in the garden allows students to learn in a safe environment. Teachers and Resource Centre staff meet with each class beforehand to ask what they would like to plant in the garden bed. At planting time, Resource Centre staff take the students out in small groups of about three children to every adult, so that they each get to experience every step of gardening, from preparing the soil, planting different kinds of seeds and plants, watering and mulching. During the summer, the Dietetic Intern works with the Summer Day Camp leaders to take out small groups of children to care for the gardens and harvest. The children have fun and are safe, and get to fully participate. - Community Garden Leader
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