At Sophia Mundi Steiner School, students in year 3 have planted grains of wheat, rye, barley and oats. The students are involved in all the processes from harvesting, threshing, to grinding grains for flour to make bread. With traditional scythes they reaped a bumper crop and at the start of the 2013 school year, students will thresh and grind the grains in preparation for baking bread for the autumn festival.
Students in Year 3 have gathered data on the growth and differences between these grains on three separate occasions, studying their different growth patterns. They have applied organic and biodynamic gardening methods and planted lupins for nitrogen fixing, studied what makes healthy soil and tested the various properties of sandy soil, loamy soil and clay soil.
Throughout 2012 the children have used a variety of the Organic Schools lessons including studies of where their food comes from, how plants grow and what elements are needed for plant life to survive, and crop rotation for optimum production and soil and plant disease aversion.
Their grant money has supported the establishment of a sustainable school garden, allowing for the purchase of a hot house, rainwater tank, worm farm, irrigation, garden tools, mulch, garden beds, fencing and stakes.