Ready, Set Grow is a program available to schools in the Northern Sydney region that supports schools to start, maintain or expand a sustainable fruit and vegetable garden.
The program is a joint initiative of Hornsby Shire Council and Health Promotion, Northern Sydney Local Health District and is currently run by seven local councils and supported by Health Promotion.
Practical assistance is provided through workshops, help in accessing funding and learning resources linking the garden with the curriculum and teaching children about nutrition and sustainability.
What can students gain from a school fruit and vegetable garden?
- It provides a unique learning environment for children, creating an outdoor classroom
- It improves children’s connection between what they eat and where food comes from
- By growing, tending, harvesting, preparing & tasting food children foster an in-depth appreciation of healthy food, the natural environment & sustainable lifestyles.
Councils support participating schools for three years and invite schools to join the program at the beginning of each year. Being involved in growing produce encourages children to try more fruits and vegetables. The program also provides the opportunity for learning about sustainability and the environment by composting and reducing waste.
From 2013, Ready, Set, Grow is being run by the following councils across Northern Sydney:
Hunters Hill Council
North Sydney Council
Health Promotion supports the Councils to assist their schools by:
- Providing school resources and assistance, helping to link the school garden and healthy eating to the school curriculum.
- Providing information on other Health Promotion Programs that will benefit the school community.
- Giving advice on alternative funding opportunities available.
For Further Information:
Ph.: 9976 9564
History of Ready, Set, Grow
Ready, Set, Grow (RSG) was first developed on the Northern Beaches in 2010 by Northern Sydney Health Promotion, with support from Manly Sea Eagles and Kimbriki Eco House & Garden.
The program recruited schools into fruit and vegetable garden workshops and encouraged them to start gardens at their schools as a way to promote healthy foods to students. Participating schools also received in-services, access to garden consultants, curriculum educational resources and other resources.
In 2011, Hornsby Council adopted the program for implementation in local schools. It was modified by the council and Health Promotion to suit local conditions and the council operating environment.
The current Ready, Set, Grow program being run by councils is based on the modified program.