School Visits & Speaking Events

“What a valuable experience for children!  Megan’s delightful personality and manner with children helps make her book come alive.  Her love for gardening and art is infectious.  Megan soon had children and teachers alike looking on our school garden with inquisitive eyes.  Soon after we were using charcoal and paint,  and feeling capable of artistic expression.  I highly recommend inviting Megan…

Wynnum Manly Community Garden

I spent a lovely morning facilitating a lino printing workshop at Wynnum Manly Community Garden with local children in the school holidays. It was a beautiful crisp, clear and sunny Brisbane winter morning. We talked together about the structure of plants – fruit and leaves – how generous nature is when we counted how many…

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School Visit to Manly State School

I was invited to read A Patch from Scratch to Jesse’s classroom at Manly State School. We started with a game of ‘Simon Says’. There was lots of giggling as the children twisted themselves into the shapes of a bananas, bunches of grapes, apples,  worms, chooks and so on. Because the book is long, I stopped at the…

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All I Want for Christmas is Rain

Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Awards 2017
An Australian Christmas is threatened when drought takes hold. A little girl has only one wish – for rain. Will her wish come true?

All I Want for Christmas is Rain written by Cori Brooke, illustrated by Megan Forward is published by New Frontier November 2016. Available online and through bookstores.

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Reviews for A Patch from Scratch

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/book-reviews-childrens-picture-books-20160209-gmo1y9.html ‘A Patch from Scratch (Penguin. 32 pp, $24.99) deals not with our past but with building for the future, as it champions sustainable gardening for a young audience. Told in the first person by an enthusiastic little boy, the text details how Jesse and his family create a vegie garden and raise chickens in their…

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composting

Your Four Step Guide to Creating Great Compost Choose a Site:Place your compost heap or bin in a well-drained area that has some shade. Too much sun will dry out your compost. What to Compost: Green Ingredients: Compost needs a mixture of nitrogen rich organic materials such as fruit and vegetable peelings, and green garden…

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Bush Tucker

Bush Tucker is a name that is sometimes given for fruit and vegetables that are indigenous to Australia. These fruit and vegetables have adapted over a long time to the climate, soil and animal conditions in Australia. A lot of the fruit and vegetables in A Patch from Scratch have been introduced to Australia from somewhere else.…

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Building your chicken coop

There are so many different designs for building your own chicken coop. Here are some different ideas for inspiration. I quite like the ones that are recycled from something else. These are cheap and easy ways to begin because it’s half built already! Here is some more information: http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/costa/tab-listings/detail/i/1/article/6947/chicken-coop-plans-and-details https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udbsu7O-QvM http://myoutdoorplans.com/animals/a-frame-chicken-coop-plans/ (step by step plans…

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