Aurelia D’Este

Name Aurelia D’Este
Category Pre-Primary School
Address Via Manicardi 18/B, San Martino in Rio (RE), Italy
Gardening opening in 2011
  • Dimension: 40 smq
  • Growing methods: synergistic garden with permaculture and biodynamic principles.
  • In the garden the school cultivates: Vegetables, Herbs, Cereals, Fruit trees, Berries, Root plants.
  • Activities with children: Sowing, replanting, harvesting, planting of cartons, mulching, weed cleaning.
  • Link with the school curriculum: yes, with the National Children’s Guidelines (2012) and with the school programs (discoveries for science education, the life of organisms living in the ground, experiencing the senses). The gardening activities promotes nutrition education, because of the products cultivated then arrive at the table. The garden also gives the opportunity to support interculture. Moreover the vegetables are told in fairy tales, stories and myths of all the countries. Finally the garden gives the opportunity to build new objects and materials, such as pinwheels and scarecrows, and to make natural portraits (as the artist Arcimboldo).
  • Main objectives of the educational garden:
    • to help an individual child to stimulate motivation and the pleasure of learning in the classroom and in the open air, without fear. To educate the child to protect the territory and not to dry it to keep it fertile for the next generations. Recognizing the taste and value of a seasonal vegetable, of a fruit, of healthy food not to be wasted, to cultivate plants with ecological principles that respect the times and the natural environment;
    • to help the group / class to promote more responsible and healthy attitudes and behaviors towards natural resources, essential to meet the primary need of food; respect the times of nature and ecosystems, developing transversal interests for flora, fauna and local systems of gardening and agriculture; understand that, as in the synergistic vegetable garden there is an integration of different vegetables, fruits and plants, even in the class every pupil must be valued for the unique and positive contribution that, with his participation, gives to the class.