Advice for two designs of the African garden
Keyhole Gardens are a great addition to any school grounds and a really great technique used across Send a Cow projects in Africa. A Keyhole Garden is a type of kitchen garden that recycles as it grows. The design - which looks like a keyhole from above - incorporates a central ‘basket’ where compostable waste is placed and water is poured. They are especially useful in areas where good soil is scarce, often adding nutritious vegetables to diets. Send a Cow uses them as part of our training, and they get fantastic results; families start to grow enough to eat and sell.
You can buy a Starter Kit to get you going for £10, by calling us on 01225 874222. The kits contain seven seed types commonly grown in Uganda, growing and building advice, info on how the crops are used in Uganda and coloured seed markers. The two files below also help to show the Ugandan style version and the rocky Lesothan version. Also, see how we made a Ugandan style garden in the UK in the Powerpoint and then make your own using our kit and enter the competition!
Small gardens, ideal for small hands
Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country - with plenty of related resources and images to help you. These mini-gardens make the most of soil, compost and waste water, are easy to weed and can be grown in schools. Use the link below to find out more - and order a Bag Garden Starter Kit for £12, or call us on 01225 874222.
Little gems of organic advice from Mr Tomato Head
Need some pointers for your African Garden? Or just want to get your pupils thinking about how they can have fun in your school garden by trying out some ideas? Then visit Mr Tomato Head’s ‘Can of Wisdom’ on our fantastic kids’ website, Cowforce.com, for a delightful, interactive way to gain excellent advice!
Fun animations that help to explain our work
These delightful, short animations, called ‘Four African Tales’ give an easy to follow explanation of some of Send a Cow’s work in Africa. They are ideal for use in an assembly and on an interactive whiteboard and they’re created to educate and bring a smile to children’s faces as they find out how we go about helping poor families get out of poverty.
Find out how Keyhole Gardens are used at home & school
A Ugandan group and school children in Lesotho show how to make a Keyhole Garden in these two videos. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
You can download these videos for use in schools (if Vimeo is blocked) by creating a Vimeo account, going to the video and choosing the ‘download’ option on the right.
Hope from Uganda shows how to make a Bag Garden
Hope and her friends make a Bag Garden in the first video and the second shows how pupils made their own gardens in a UK school. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
The high-quality version of these video can be found on our Cabbages & Cowpats DVD. Order a copy here.
Galleries of free photos from Africa
Visit our gallery where you can view and download hundreds of images taken in African countries. The pictures can be used for all sorts of activities, including comparing lives, making leaflets, finding out about animals, making African gardens and lots more. Have a look at the tips pdf to make the most of the images and if you would like access to even more pictures, log in to the main Send a Cow images site.
Some art ideas for your Bag or Keyhole Gardens
Brighten up your garden even more by using these fun ideas or turn your own recycled materials into something amazing. Your pupils can learn more about African art and recycling through activities like these. Signs are included to colour in.
Quick tips and ingredients for organic crops
If you don’t want to use pesticides and other nasties, but you do want to make the most of nature. . .try these tips! Simple pieces of advice from companion planting to making plant tea, these pointers should help your pupils get even more excited about the world of growing plants. They are especially good for use in your Bag or Keyhole garden as they mirror the techniques used by African families.
Helps you know how, when and what to do
When planning your African garden, you may need to consider a few things like when to collect materials, what learning resources there are and how best to make use of pupils and parent help. This document helps to address some of these and will be added to over time as we get feedback from all you gardeners! You can also go to http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk for more in depth advice.
Animations and child-friendly information about Bag Gardens
A great way to introduce your kids to African Bag Gardens. On this area of our Cowforce website, we meet Mr Tomato Head, a gameshow host who loves plants! He takes the user through what Bag Gardens are all about in a comic strip, how you can make one in an animation and all about the competition through a clip from the Tomato Head show.
Three case studies of how Bag Gardens help families
These simple stories show how using Bag Gardens can really help families grow more food. They can be easily understood by children and printed out to use as part of an African Gardens display. The ‘Gardens background’ file helps set the scene to our work. Elias and Julia can also be seen on the Cabbages and Cowpats DVD using their Keyhole Garden.
Explaining the what, how and why of Bag Gardens
These Powerpoints show what Bag Gardens are all about, how they are useful for African families and why they are a great idea for children in the UK to make. Pictures are included of children in the UK and Africa making gardens. They are a good way of introducing Bag Gardens to your pupils.
All about Bag Gardens, the competition and ordering a kit
These leaflets explain all about the African Gardens competition and how you can purchase a Bag Garden Starter Kit for £12. The competition entries have to be by July 9th each year, but there’s nothing to stop people ordering kits and growing their own Bag Garden all year round. You can view the leaflet as a pdf and order some for for your school or event on the Order and sign up page.
A fun introduction to special African style gardens
This fun, colourful animation from our kids site, Cowforce.com, explains why special gardens are needed in some places in Africa (like Lesotho) and how they can help a poor family. Really useful for an assembly and as an introduction to our African Gardens work in the UK. Turn your sound up to enhance the experience. We have supplied an exe file for PC that should open straight up (over 2MB) or a Quicktime file that is smaller for PC. Have fun.
Packed with food related resources
This poster is useful all year, but fits especially well into a harvest topic. There is information about growing food in Rwanda, some fun classroom ideas, plus Janvier’s and Rose’s stories of orphan headed households who now have healthy food because of Send a Cow’s help. The lessons and resources that support the material found on this poster can be found in this section. To receive copies of this resource please use the ‘Order and Sign up’ page and to view our other materials, use the link to the main Send a Cow website.
A short bag garden story
Growing things in bag gardens and composting are the main themes of this story. Betty and George are parents to seven children and their story shows how helpful a simple technique taught by Send a Cow can be.
Easy to make African tap for a school garden
A fun, practical challenge for pupils. They can get into groups and make their own version of this simple water conserving/hygiene device used in Africa. A great addition to your school garden and they work well next to Bag or Keyhole gardens. Links can easily be made to the DT curriculum (eg Moving toys). You can also enter the ‘Best Tip-Tap’ category in our African Gardens Competition by using the entry form contained in our kits. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
Growing beansprouts in your classroom
A speedy way to introduce plants and growing things to your class - get them growing healthy bean sprouts! These lessons take you right through the process from measuring to germination to eating! The activities include the scientific recording of results and are a good link to Bag Gardens, healthy eating and harvest topics.
Food shapes with healthy eating facts
These shapes with food facts are useful when talking about fresh food and healthy eating. They can also be used alongside the Harvest and African Gardens materials.