Oct. 29, 2010

Backyard Educators .. in your backyard?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone in your neighbourhood you could ask if you needed a hand to set up or  fix your compost and teach others in your apartment block or street what to do?

The Backyard Educators are a group of locals who are keen to get out in their community pass on their skills and experience and get things happening. It’s a mixed group that started after people in the Compost Revolution got excited and wanted to inspire and teach others to compost.

There was talk of “train the trainer” workshops and the “earthworks program” to get skilled up to run workshops but we realised that what we were interested in is “backyard educating”, talking to your neighbours over the fence or your workmates at lunch and engaging people in different ways. The Backyard Educators course was developed and has been run twice with 22 locals from across the Eastern Suburbs. The course focuses on facilitation skills, engaging people with personal stories and interactive discussions.

After the course the group has met and talked about ongoing activities, there are plans to create a map of communal compost bins, organise neighbourhood parties and events and set-up an online system to swap and exchange skills and equipment such as compost bins, or gardening tools. Backyard Educators have also been organising and running workshops in the community and in schools in the area together with council staff. There is no set path we’ll just see where it takes us,

To get involved, do a course or get help from a Backyard Educator contact laurenm@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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