Email: pitchforkprojects @ (remove the spaces)

Skype: pitchforksam

Phone: 0431 994 671 (international +61431 994 671)

Permaculture for language, literacy and environmental learning


Implementing gardens and delivering garden programs in schools has taught us the value of authentic, real world opportunities to teach literacy and numeracy. The routine provided by regular observations of the natural world builds skills in language, grammar and maths while nurturing environmental literacy.

Pitchfork Projects is committed to innovation for best practice in literacy and numeracy education. Garden and literacy programs have been designed for the Western English Language School, the Victorian College of Koorie Education, Swan Hill (Payika Campus) and the River Nile Learning Project. Through the planting, growing, harvesting and preparation of food, Pitchfork offers tested lesson ideas for schools in the areas of English as a Second Language, Adult Literacy and across the curriculum in Primary and Secondary schools. In informal education settings getting kids involved in the garden provides numerous opportunities to reinforce literacy and numeracy skills.


Pitchfork Projects plans and designs gardens and food forests with teachers, students and the school community.

Design sessions incorporate permaculture design principles and collaborative decision making processes.

Teaching and learning tools are built into the structure of the garden.


School garden designs are implemented step by step.

Projects developments are incorporated into the teaching curriculum as the project progresses.

Feedback is important, the success and constraints of the project are regularly reviewed and adjustments made if necessary.


Pitchfork Projects offers ongoing support for the evolution or further development of garden systems.

Professional development for maintenance of systems including worm farms, raising seedings and compost.

Solutions for compost or weeds that have gotten out of control.

Contact Sam at or 0431 994 671 if you are interested in developing a garden/food forest project at your school.