Creating a food garden: site assessment and mapping
Category: Food Production
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 7-13


Beth and the Junior Landcare group were very keen to find the best place for their proposed food garden. They had often been in the playground and had noticed that there was a sunny spot beyond the school oval. Beth said that whilst this was a good location, she felt it was a bit far away from school activity and wondered if there might be a closer location. Could they evaluate places around the school to choose the best location? They spoke to the teacher Ms Gorman and discussed their idea. Beth had printed out the Creating a Food Garden site assessment activity sheet to help begin the task.


This activity involves the mapping and assessment of local environments to create the best food garden.

This learning activity is part of a sequence of 5 individual learning activities focused on creating a food garden. The order of these learning activities are: vision, site assessment, installing a no dig garden bed, planting and harvesting.


For children to:
• understand more about the location and physical aspects of outdoor spaces
• learn mapping and assessment skills
• undertake an assessment of outdoor spaces.


Exploring your outdoor space will need to account for the different variations in temperature and climate conditions. The location of the sun and shade will vary according to the time of day and the season.

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