CASE STUDY

Spain

‘From Seeds to Harvest’ is an educational activity aimed at teaching primary school pupils about soil, biodiversity, and cultivation. Integrated into the school timetable, these lessons are designed to actively engage pupils in the farm-to-table process. By working collaboratively, being creative, and utilising their senses—such as smell, taste, and touch—pupils gain hands- on learning experiences. The project is run by Vårfruskolan, a primary school in Lund Sweden, with support from various organisations. Initially, teachers received technical assistance from the local municipality to design the school allotment and underwent outdoor pedagogy training provided by the Nature School. The educational materials utilised were developed by the Swedish Society for Conservation of Nature, Sweden's largest environmental NGO.

Objective

The objective of ‘From Seeds to Harvest’ is threefold: to educate pupils about the origins of their food, to foster an understanding of biodiversity, and to provide hands-on learning opportunities through collaborative class activities. These lessons emphasise the importance of soil and alternate between theoretical and practical exercises, teaching a range of knowledge and skills to the pupils.

Approach

One half of the class works in the school allotment at a time. Pupils begin by germinating seeds in the classroom and then sow them directly in the allotment. They grow various plants and vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, and edible perennials. Pupils actively participate in every stage of the process, from planting to cooking the vegetables. Meanwhile, the other half of the class learns about biodiversity outdoors and how to use a camping stove to cook what they grow. Educational materials from the Swedish Society for Conservation of Nature are used to demonstrate the interconnectedness of soil, plant growth, and biodiversity. This approach aims to diversify teaching methods by integrating additional environmental knowledge about our environment and the nature around it. It encourages interaction among pupil and collaborative learning, particularly through movement and outdoor activities. Many pupils lack awareness of the origins of their food, so the activities provide them with important knowledge about food production and sustainability.

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