Flowerbed for kindergartens is an association that educates children in gardening and sustainable food systems.
The practice is aimed primarily at five-year-old and six-year-old children, but also younger ones, who will learn a lot by observing the flower beds in the school garden and what is happening around them. In addition to establishing a flower bed and caring for it, the project includes a didactic program in the form of workshops for children and seminars for teachers. The success of the small gardeners depends on how their teachers lead them.
The children keep a "Little Gardener's Workbook" which describes the planning and care of the flower bed, composting and the cycle of nutrients, seeds, harvests, the various inhabitants (insects) of the garden, the four seasons in the garden and how the food ends up on the plate. The kindergartens will receive instructions from a Teacher's Guide Booklet to explore ideas on how to develop educational topics in the garden and the classroom. During a harvest workshop, children learn to distinguish and perceive food with all senses (vision, smell, touch, taste) and recognize its quality. Circular economy practices are promoted as composting and collecting biowaste from the kitchen for the school gardens are recommended.
Methodology and concept were created at the beginning of 2015 with voluntary resources. The first kindergarten liked the idea and financed the pilot thanks to a grant from the city district Prague 7. Today there are 4 employees and 6 external specialists working in the association.
Evidence of success
The flowerbeds are established at 100 kindergartens in all districts of Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. The success is the support by the city districts of Prague. And above all a very positive response from children and teachers. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the practice can continue, as the program takes place mainly outside where restrictions do not apply or are not as strict.
Difficulties with creating the methodology and practical education, that included: workbook, manual, workshop and educational performance. As well as building a quality team that requires time and patience.
Potential for learning or transfer
The flower bed practice is one of the possible ways to show children the importance of nature regarding food and the state of the planet, as well as how they can personally care for the environment.
The project wishes to educate children playfully and naturally to taste food and good sustainable eating habits, which include eating from seasonal, local, fresh and fair sources. By leading and facilitating the children to a relationship with nature and to teach them to respect the environment. To give knowledge, experience and emphasize that by eating we affect not only our health but also the world around us. After all, the future of the world is in the hands of the children.