awareness program, lecture series, documentary show, pamphlet distribution, poster show
Our initial step is to acquire vertical planters, plant growth medium, water testing equipment, and plant nutrient solutions. These materials will constructed within the already-existing structure of the hydroponic system at Pizzo Elementary. University students have already begun and will continue a series of educational lessons and activities in the 1st grade class, to explain the importance of sustainable gardening and to give the students a sense of ownership of their project. In Spring 2015, herbs and spices will be planted as seeds in the classroom and monitored by the students. Once mature, the seedling will be transplanted to the vertical planters and the students will care for them in their hydroponic garden. In Fall 2015, larger vegetables will be planted in the same way and will thus be added to the burgeoning garden. Hands-on educational activities both in the classroom and in the garden will continue once the garden has been established.
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.
We designed greeting cards. They will be printed and sold in our school and in local shops.
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.
Our project will map where there exists partners that can help our project come into reality
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.
We will plant fresh herbs (basil, thyme, mint, dill, marjoram, oregano, fennel, etc) amongst the already established trees in the Wellness Community Garden at John C. Fremont HS.
Our project will complete the three aforementioned goals in the next six weeks and through to the end of the plant life cycle of the corn and sunflowers to be planted.
Prior to our winter break, we asked school families to bring back any toiletries from hotels that they were traveling to, and to purchase underwear for children and women. We collected them between January, when our school started back, and mid-February. We delivered them to the cafe that the safe houses run.