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…

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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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Teachers’ Notes

A Patch from Scratch is about one family’s desire to “live more like people on a farm”. This text is highly accessible for all primary students and could be used to suit the curriculum in a range of key learning areas. This text might form the introduction to a cross-curricular unit on sustainability as encouraged…

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Make your own beehive!

Bees are very important for fruit and vegie gardening. They are responsible for turning flowers into fruit and vegetables. As they hop from flower to flower collecting nectar to make honey, the pollen from the flowers gets stuck to their feet and is passed on to another flower. This cross pollination fertilizes the flowers. This…

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Choosing hens

Once you have cooked and tasted delicious freshly laid eggs, you might decide that you would like to have your own chooks. They are so easy and fun to look after! The first step is what to choose. There are all sorts of hens out there. If you want as many eggs as possible some…

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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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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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