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Let's Dig: a school garden resource (2013)


Northern Territory Department of Health


Northern Territory Department of Health







The Let's dig: a school garden resource offers ideas and fun activities to encourage and support interest in healthy eating, food production and cooking in the school setting. Let's dig! has four components suitable for children from transition to year 6. Teachers can expand the activities to suit the learning needs of their students by utilising the extension activities in each component.

The four components are:

      1. nutrition - contains a range of ideas for teachers to start nutrition education with extension activities included to cover a wide range of student ages. The activities in this section are based on the National Heart Foundation's Eat smart play smart resource
      2. gardening - contains activities designed to encourage students to learn about the garden before, during and after the growing process. Activities are done in the class room as well as in the school garden and can be adapted to suit class needs
      3. food safety - contains activities covering safe food storage and handling, handwashing, hygiene and unsafe food
      4. cooking - contains a range of cooking activities to reinforce the food safety principles learnt from the food safety section.

There are additional resources available to support teachers in the delivery of the activities.

This resource was produced to support the Top End remote school garden project, which was collaboration between the Northern Territory's Departments of Education and Children's Services, Primary Industry and Fisheries and Health and the Menzies School of Health Research.

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Contact details

Northern Territory Department of Health
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8999 2400


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Last updated: 13 June 2016
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