Edible Gardens for Ecoliteracy

An eco-literacy program for Foundation to grade 6 students in Australia.

We use a unique approach that integrates scientific knowledge with practical skills such as gardening and cooking.

Eco-literacy is the keystone in the Foodweb approach. We incorporate science into each lesson so that our students develop a solid understanding of the processes that sustain life.

In our garden based program students get to grow their own energy and nutrient (matter) sources.

Drawn from Ecosystem ecology, the core patterns we use are energy flows and matter cycles.

All living systems depend on a flow of energy through them and cycling of materials within them and these patterns occur in all natural processes at all scales.

We integrate patterns of energy flow and matter cycles into lessons and activities in the garden.  Students trace the movement and changes of these energy and nutrient sources through themselves, their garden and through the planet. This gives children direct experience with patterns of energy flow and matter cycles building a framework to develop, understand and connect key ideas of science across different and complex phenomena.

Key themes

Patterns, order & organisation

Form and function

Stability and change

Scale and measurement

Matter and energy


These concepts form part of the key ideas of the

Australian science curriculum.


Do you want to learn how to grow an edible garden program embedded with science at your school?

Do you want to volunteer in the Foodweb program as a professional development opportunity?

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"Eco" means home from the ancient Greek word Oikos. Literacy means understanding, which includes observing, knowing and designing in an area of education. Eco-literacy thus means understanding our home, Earth.

Becoming eco-literate through Foodweb education means students, teachers and whole communities learn how to interact with our local home environments in meaningful and regenerative ways.


Edible Gardens

The school food garden is a living laboratory where we discover and explore the processes on which we, and all life on Earth, depend. Gardening and cooking provide opportunities for experience and exploration, but also for the inclusion of science into fun, everyday activities.



Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) underpin the Foodweb approach to environmental education. We explore, apply and share ecological knowledge using methods and tools from all of these areas. We provide comprehensive unit plans including lessons, recipes and activities for creating an integrated STEAM approach to your school food garden program.

Foodweb Education is based on the land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge that these lands have never been ceded.


Energy flows from source to sink but matter cycles round and round.
— Foodweb saying
Our students develop an intimate understanding of beauty, capacity and limits of our planet and acquire the confidence and skills to be creative with that knowledge
— Megan Floris, Foodweb Education Founder
Things can move and things can change but things don’t go away
— Foodweb Saying