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Our school-based Roots & Shoots group has chosen to create an up-cycled vertical, edible garden in the courtyard of the kindergarten classroom on our school campus. We started this project by creating vertical garden prototypes out of reclaimed wood pallets. We built 4-foot tall wooden frames to help us experiment with possibilities for creating a large-scale vertical, edible garden that is suspended from a wall in an open-air courtyard. After coming up with a successful design for suspending the garden, we collected hundreds of plastic smartwater bottles and turned them into containers for soil and plants. We cut openings in the bottles, and poked holes for drainage and to guide recycled mason line through the bottles to suspend them. We will able suspend eight water bottles in each column on the courtyard wall, with seven columns in total. When we have finished constructing the wall, we will fill each both with soil and organic seedlings of vegetables and herbs.
Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in a wide array of disciplines. School gardening offers children opportunities for outdoor exercise while teaching them a useful skill. There is mounting evidence that active learning in less structured, participatory spaces like gardens is more likely to transform children’s food attitudes and habits, and that school gardening, especially when combined with a healthy lunch program or nutritional education, encourages more healthful food choices. R&S students of Kanamba P/S started up a garden at school which has maize, cabbages and egg plants. students plan after harvesting to sell some of their produce to buy scholastic materials for the needy/orphans in the school.
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Students will research common household products and identify how they might harm the environment. Students will then find more eco-friendly recipes and create these products. Testing these products against the originals will follow, and students will document their product's performance. Students will document their findings and market their product. Their final products will be displayed at an Eco-Fair/Open House, and their recipes will be combined into a digital "Cookbook" for their future reference.
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We will continue to live as sustainably as we possibly can, which for us means that if we take something from the Earth, like organic fruits or vegetables that we grow, we return something, like vermicompost. If we want to observe the life cycles of monarch and other butterflies, we plant hosts to attract them and place them in our mariposario where they can live in a safe environment. If we want to give thanks for all that our community provides, we offer art, our ears and hearts, a chance to reuse clothes and educational toys and games, education, and our voices to support that community.
This continuous program encourages students to source fresh, healthy alternatives, develop skills with garden maintenance and skills in the kitchen.
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Sprouts aims to achieve its mission through a once-a-week after-school program. During Sprouts club hours, students will learn sustainability through the creation of a permaculture edible garden and the practice of the 3 R's (Reducing, Re-using and Recycling) in and around the school premises with partners like Terracycle.
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This year, we are focused on teaching our community about the agriculture and it's impact in our area. Our students have started to plan a community fair so that they can invite community members and families to learn about our community and it's agricultural history and influence. We will invite some of the speakers that we have used over the years to help present this information. Our school will have this fair as a half day during school hours so that our Roots & Shoots members can teach our school community all that they've learned. We will continue it into the evening so that families and the community can attend. This will also allow us to teach our community about our outdoor classroom that our Roots & Shoots members are helping to plan and build for our school.
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Through the Green Market/Community Gardens Project, we are preparing our youth to step into a brighter tomorrow by teaching them sustainable farming techniques and adapting a lifestyle that’s healthier for our bodies as well as for the Earth. Local agriculture is a topic of great interest, especially in Brevard County. Most of the food we consume is shipped to us on trucks and trains. For many reasons, this is not sustainable for the future. Hydroponics is wonderful way to use assistive technology with our students with disabilities. Our goal is to raise awareness and inspire all students and those in the community to become aware of the benefits that come from locally fresh grown fruits and vegetables. We at Clearlake Education Center want to encourage people to get away from processed foods and get back to the basics while enhancing our environment. We will promote and encourage healthy eating and volunteering within the community. We are committed to saving the environment through recycling, reducing and reusing, keeping our soil rich and preserving our own health by growing organic and eating healthy. The students and faculty will educate our school community on working together to meet our stated goals. We are going green for the benefit of our world and community. Under the direction of Danielle Campbell, students have been involved for the past 9 years in a state-wide recycling project which involved teaching the school community about recycling. This Green Market and Community Gardens Project is a natural next step to apply our learning to discover opportunities for community connection and self-improvement as a self-supporting, school-based enterprise. Students will learn to prepare and sell goods and craft items that they are creating as part of our recycling program. We will also be selling fresh produce grown with Integrated Pest Management principles in hydroponic systems and raised bed community garden. Students learn how to prepare items for market and to display them to attract customers, how to interact with the public and handle money, as well as the economics of bookkeeping, budgeting and running a retail enterprise. The Green Market invites local growers and craftsmen to set up a table and work side-by-side with us, offering a place for the public to purchase items not available in proximity to the Clearlake community. By accepting EBT/SNAP, we will be serving every nearby demographic. Students will work side-by-side with members of the community and have a chance to get their hands in the dirt in our raised-bed gardens. We will invite the community to lease space for a nominal fee and come and grow produce with us in our raised-bed gardens. We have chosen this approach to help avoid some of the common pitfalls of Florida farming, such as soil-borne pathogens, and other pests. Raised bed gardening is less challenging for those with physical limitations; especially the elderly. The therapeutic benefit of gardening is well documented. Fresh air and sunshine are good for overall health and brain function.
Here in Argentina, there is a children's hospital that collects bottle for earning money.