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Our project tackles a wide variety of issues found in our community, so there is a variety of ways we can measure our impact. First, once the produce we grow is ready to be harvested and given to either the students to take home for their parents to cook with or given to the cafeteria to use in the school lunch for the day , that is an obvious indication that the garden beds and the effort to provide organic, nutritious produce to kids living in "food deserts" was successful. Furthermore, after we work with teachers and faculty at the schools/centers to develop environmental educational lesson plans to teach to the students, we can tell by the students reactions to learning new material how excited they are to have this opportunity. Additionally, the garden beds and tending to them are a good form of therapy for the students who live in harmful environmental exposures, such as air pollution, which often occurs in communities facing SES stressors including deteriorating housing, poor access to health care, high unemployment, crime, and poverty, which may exacerbate negative health effects. Once the students are each given a seedling to plant, and are given the responsibility to take care of it and watch it develop into life, it really benefits the students. Also, once we install the garden beds, we plant milkweed (which is the main food source for monarch butterflies) which instantly attracts monarch butterflies, which almost instantly brightens the entire mood of the campus as well as beautifies it by providing lush pre-sprouted seedlings. Another indicator we use to measure the impact our project has made is when we see the relationship and bonds develop between the volunteers and the students that we bring ht garden beds to. Over time, the students open up to the volunteers and work side by side on the garden bed, not only gaining a hands-on science experiment but also developing a sense of having a role model and someone to look up to. We will collaborate by reaching out to under-served elementary schools and at-risk youth centers in the surrounding community to bring the community together, to unify us through the power of obtaining knowledge. We will also reach out to UF students on campus for those who are interested in volunteering on the garden beds and engaging with the students at these schools/ at-risk youth centers.
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I would like to purchase planters to hold the veggies; watermelon, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, okra and strawberries. The children and I will go to Lowes or Home Depot and purchase the plants, pots, dirt and fertilizer. Each child would choose and plant their plants individually with assistance. When the plant is matured and healthy the children can take the plants home with instructions to care for their plants.
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We will create a worm bin which will serve as a basis for investigations about ecosystems, life and nutrient cycles, and worm diets. We will learn about aerobic and anaerobic decomposition and how composting is a way we can personally help decrease methane in our atmosphere in a sustainable way. We will create at least two vermicomposting bins with red wiggler worms that the girls can check on throughout the year, culminating by using the compost to add to a garden.
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Students will be able to turn hours of service and work on their project for the Presidential Volunteer Award when they are engaged in 18-03-2p Applying 4H and Scout Knowledge for the Community.
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We are going to begin a Share Table at my school in order for students to have food when they need a snack and to reduce waste of perfectly good food. I plan on advertising with posters in the hallways, fliers and signage at the actual table where the food is collected as well as where the food will be available.
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Several badges or state projects grow plants with youth that after the plant is done have no further use. With this project the students can use these plants as a service learning project plus provide fresh produce to the shelters. In urban areas their is no place to grow out the plants. With our raise beds we have the space.
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Fundraising and grants from Pitch Your Peers used to purchase raised beds (vegtrugs), soil, fencing, seedlings, hoses, and other materials needed to create a sustainable space to grow vegetables, herbs, and other fresh items to donate to our local food pantry.
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The 8th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and Penny Wars fundraiser House competitions start Monday, November 5th and run through Friday, November 16th, 2018. Money raised from the Penny Wars fundraiser competition will help pay for fresh turkeys, butter, fruit, and vegetables for each meal basket. The GHS Cardinal Cooks program will be providing fresh baked breads for each meal basket, and volunteer students, staff, faculty, and parents will deliver baskets directly to families on Monday, November 19th. All surplus food collected will be donated to the local Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry.
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Plant seeds indoors and take a close look at just how plants work, and what they need to grow. Place a bird feeder outside and observe the different birds (and maybe other creatures!) that like to eat from it and how these creatures help or destroy our garden. Before throwing household items into the recycling bin can we reuse it for a project.

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