VSGP - Winter Gardening - Virtual Conference

VSGP - Winter Gardening - Virtual Conference
Are you looking for inspiration to get your school garden humming along this Winter? This two-hour, interactive and engaging conference will give you some fantastic ideas, insights and knowledge to do just that. Whether your school is a concrete jungle with only a dream of a garden, or it has an established garden program, Winter Gardening will have something for everyone.

A number of school garden specialists from across Victoria will be presenting live from their gardens.  We will be discussing how school gardens can meet many STEM/STEAM outcomes; practical gardening tricks; and many other benefits of school garden programs.

Teachers, parents, grounds staff, admin, school leadership are welcome to attend. 

Date:  Due to NAPLAN testing the date has changed from Thursday 13th May to Thursday 27th May 2021

Time: Workshop: 1.30pm - 3.30pm  (2hrs)

Location: Zoom virtual conference from the comfort of your school/home/garden. Link details of Zoom conference will be sent in at a later date. 

Conference Timetable

1:30 – Welcome & intro - James McLennan | VSGP Host | Grassroots Sustainability
1:45 – Re-thinking your school garden - Nattie Murray | Apollo Bay P-12
2:10 – School gardens and the links to STEM/STEAM -Tracey Gray | Moonbird Education & Port Fairy Consolidated School
2:35 – Winter gardening - Nick Ritar | Milkwood Permaculture
2:55 – Pruning in Schools - Peter Todd | Fleming's Nursery
3:20 – Q & A/Network
3:25 – Closing - James McLennan

About our Presenters

Nick Ritar | Milkwood Permaculture
Nick is the director of acclaimed permaculture organisation Milkwood Permaculture, educator extraordinaire, lover of all things fungi; bee-keeping; fermented foods; urban farming and all round nice-guy. Nick will inspire us about the joys of winter gardening and the jobs we can be doing to ensure our garden is set for a productive and prosperous Spring.
Nattie Murray | Apollo Bay P-12
Nattie is one of those teachers who makes you wish you were still a student.  Her enthusiasm for teaching is contagious and her innovative, creative and sometimes outrageous methods of teaching will be sure to provide you with some new tools for your bag of tricks.  Nattie will be showcasing the phenomenal Apollo Bay P-12, garden in which she utilises the abundance of produce year-round in the kitchen with her students.
Tracey Gray | Moonbird Education & Port Fairy Consolidated School
Tracey is passionate marine biologist, STEM and climate educator who has dedicated her career to creating, designing and developing environmental education programs. Her accolades include participating in the first international women in Homeward Bound 2016 (Antarctica STEM Leadership Program), WISE STEM Changemakers Leader and ResourceSmart Teacher of the year 2013.  Tracey will be discussing how school gardens and STEM can go hand in hand.

Peter Todd | Fleming's Nurseries 
Peter is the Production Manager at Fleming's Nurseries wholesale growers of fruit and ornamental trees and has been with the company for 40 years! Through his time at the nursery, Peter has had a key role in growing close to 200 million trees.  He even has a tree name after him - Ulmus parvifolia ‘Todd’.  Peter will be sharing his knowledge and skills in tree pruning and answering attendees questions. 

Fleming's Nurseries are supporters of the VSGP providing an orchard prize for both the Award and Grant programs.  

James McLennan | Grassroots Sustainability 
James lives and breathes Education for Sustainability and has worked extensively in the sustainability sector. As well as a fruitful history of partnering with schools on education programs, James has worked with small to medium business, NFP's, councils and corporate and government bodies.  He has recently launched his own business, Grassroots Sustainability.

To Book: You will need to ring NGIV on 9576 0599 to obtain log in details. Please have your credit card ready. Payment must be made at time of booking. 

If you have any questions please contact
Tania Karamitos - VSGP Program Coordinator
Phone: 9576 0599 Email: [email protected] 

5/27/2021 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time

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