HIGHLIGHTS / SEED

Sustainable Enterprise
Education & Development

The aim of the SEED Program was to encourage sustainable business development, employment pathways and lifestyle choices

HIGHLIGHTS / SEED

Sustainable Enterprise Education & Development

The aim of the SEED Program was to encourage sustainable business development, employment pathways and lifestyle choices

FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP

In 2019, MECA in partnership with FoodFaith developed and delivered the SEED program. This program is an educational program developed for culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the MECA community.

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The program encouraged learning in a supportive environment and inspired students to continue with educational and employment prospects related to gardening and healthy fresh produce.

FoodFaith and Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency wrote a proposal for the building of a garden and an educational program related to sustainability in Mount Druitt in 2018. The partnership received funding in early 2019 for this concept which was named the ‘SEED’ program (Sustainable Enterprise Education and Development). The program consisted of 16 horticulture classes held in the newly built garden once a week over a four month period, 11 workshops, and 4 one on one mentoring sessions for participants.

FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP

In 2019, MECA in partnership with FoodFaith developed and delivered the SEED program. This program is an educational program developed for culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the MECA community.

The program encouraged learning in a supportive environment and inspired students to continue with educational and employment prospects related to gardening and healthy fresh produce.

FoodFaith and Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency wrote a proposal for the building of a garden and an educational program related to sustainability in Mount Druitt in 2018. The partnership received funding in early 2019 for this concept which was named the ‘SEED’ program (Sustainable Enterprise Education and Development). The program consisted of 16 horticulture classes held in the newly built garden once a week over a four month period, 11 workshops, and 4 one on one mentoring sessions for participants.

The horticulture course was an introductory course that aimed to encourage further study in vocational education. This class was run by TAFE NSW and focused on practical learning outdoors in the garden. A combination of classroom based and practical teaching helped the participants understand horticulture in a holistic way. During the class the students learned about composting, planting seeds and growing fruits and vegetables.

The horticulture course was an introductory course that aimed to encourage further study in vocational education. This class was run by TAFE NSW and focused on practical learning outdoors in the garden. A combination of classroom based and practical teaching helped the participants understand horticulture in a holistic way. During the class the students learned about composting, planting seeds and growing fruits and vegetables.

LOOKING AHEAD

Our aim is to host a second TAFE horticulture course and to seek further funding for the garden and educational programs related to health, youth and sustainability in 2020

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Fortnightly workshops focused on sustainability related business ideas and employment pathways. These were organised by the FoodFaith staff and held at the MECA office in Mount Druitt. The aim of the workshops was to introduce students to sustainable business concepts and to compliment the horticulture classes with possible business and employment pathway information in the field of sustainability.

The workshops had a wide variety of topics based on the interest of the SEED participants. These included: Composting and worm bins, Recycling, ATO tax essentials and record keeping, food safety and handling, a presentation by two successful business entrepreneurs to inspire students to set up their own business, a beekeeping workshop, a marketing for small business workshop and a presentation on Indigenous foods and plants.

16 students started the SEED program in July, and 10 students finished the entire course program in December. Many others came to occasional workshops as these were open to all community members. As part of our evaluation, pre and post surveys were completed, and an evaluation report will be finalised by the end of December. We have found that all of the participants who completed the program were very satisfied with the program and learned many new skills.

LOOKING AHEAD

Our aim is to host a second TAFE horticulture course and to seek further funding for the garden and educational programs related to health, youth and sustainability in 2020.

Fortnightly workshops focused on sustainability related business ideas and employment pathways. These were organised by the FoodFaith staff and held at the MECA office in Mount Druitt. The aim of the workshops was to introduce students to sustainable business concepts and to compliment the horticulture classes with possible business and employment pathway information in the field of sustainability.

The workshops had a wide variety of topics based on the interest of the SEED participants. These included: Composting and worm bins, Recycling, ATO tax essentials and record keeping, food safety and handling, a presentation by two successful business entrepreneurs to inspire students to set up their own business, a beekeeping workshop, a marketing for small business workshop and a presentation on Indigenous foods and plants.

16 students started the SEED program in July, and 10 students finished the entire course program in December. Many others came to occasional workshops as these were open to all community members. As part of our evaluation, pre and post surveys were completed, and an evaluation report will be finalised by the end of December. We have found that all of the participants who completed the program were very satisfied with the program and learned many new skills.

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Building A, 6 Ayres Grove
Mount Druitt, NSW 2770

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Building A, 6 Ayres Grove
Mount Druitt, NSW 2770

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(02) 9625 9300

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