Permaculture in Schools

'Growing Schools' is a 4-part documentary series which showcases empowered children involved in transforming their school grounds into abundant food gardens and nature havens. It explores the proven benefits of gardening and nature connection for children’s motivation, academic achievement, health and wellbeing.  These stories exemplify how the wider community can play a vital part in supporting and sustaining a school garden programme, for the benefit of all.

Part 1:  ‘Awakening Gardeners - Edible Learnscapes & Nature Havens in
Early Childhood Centres’(20 mins)

Part 2:  ‘Growing Gardeners - Transforming School Grounds Into Productive
Learning Environments’ (20 mins)

Part 3:   ‘Enriching Gardeners – Gardening at the Heart of the School
Curriculum’ (30 mins)

Part 4:  ‘Empowering Gardeners – Schools as Community Food Hubs’(45 mins)

Made for teachers, parents, policy-makers, environmental educators and permaculture facilitators - but engaging for kids too…



Robina McCurdy from Aotearoa-New Zealand, is a dynamic, participatory-style, outcomes-based educator. Over the past 30 years she has worked nationally and globally as a community development facilitator, organic growing tutor, documentary producer and Permaculture educator/designer - focusing on schools, urban neighbourhoods, farms, ecovillages and bioregions. She has published educational resources for developing sustainable communities with a practical grounding in permaculture.

Robina is the founder of ‘Earthcare Education Aotearoa’ (, the ‘Localising Food Project’ ( and ‘SEED’ ( One of her many original publications is ‘A Teacher’s Guide to Creating ‘Edible Learnscapes with Children’. Over the past two years Robina has been working on Earthcare’s localising food documentary series, including ‘Growing Schools’, which she wishes to launch at the conference.

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Robina is founder of Tui Land Trust,


Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa,

and The Localising Food Project

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