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Provide a gardening alternative for growing edible plants in an urban setting where community gardening space is limited.
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Our group is working to prepare a resilient garden space. We have a small garden space currently, but are trying to expand the space by building bioswales to catch water and divert water from the upcoming El Nino. The students will plant seeds along the bioswale, and divert the water's path so that rather than flooding, the water can be used to water the garden. The project is a cross-curricular project that includes math, science, and environmental studies. Hopefully, the project will grow to include other classes. For the past few years, Los Angeles has experienced drought, and because of this the ground is hard, and plants have died. This coming winter, Los Angeles is projected to have one of the wettest seasons in recent years. Because the drought has left the ground hard-packed, and the plants whose roots prevented erosion on the hillside have died, our campus is in danger of flooding in several areas. We are working on a larger project because we found that our school sits on a covered arroyo that begins at the local high school. We will map the arroyo's path as part of our project. They will work with local historians and archivists to find the path of water as it would have entered our campus before it was paved over. The students will map the path of water on our campus, and use that to work on the bioswales. Several classrooms are prone to flooding, and the water, when it does rain, eventually ends up in storm drains. The students would like to divert the water to benefit the garden rather than having flooding and runoff. We need tools like shovels and spades to construct, seeds to plant, and a couple of cameras to document where water collects, and to take before and after photos.
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To date the Teaching Farm has focused on start-up and volunteer education. In the new year we plan to work hand in hand with teachers to assess their needs / wants for the garden so that it can be used to it's fullest potential. CREATE STUFF. GROW THINGS. INSPIRE OTHERS.
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To date the Teaching Farm has focused on start-up and volunteer education. In the new year we plan to work hand in hand with teachers to assess their needs / wants for the garden so that it can be used to it's fullest potential. CREATE STUFF. GROW THINGS. INSPIRE OTHERS.
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Two large barrels are strategically located on our 8 acres of campus Each classroom has a bin and money collection boxes in for their donations. Children learn about helping to feed families who struggle to buy their own food. The children will go to grocery stores with their parents and pick out items on the food list provided. Several classrooms of preschoolers are having a competition with each other to see who brings in the most items and money. Some classrooms set their own individual goal amounts and record it with a poster thermometer. As the donations come in, the children collect, sort, count, and take their donations to the collection barrels on campus. The project lasts for 3-4 weeks. The community business called Two Men and a Truck volunteer to deliver and pick-up the barrels, which are then taken to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
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Planting season in Haiti begins in April. Haiti Plunge Inc. sends teams of high school and college youth to Haiti eight times annually. An American high school team will be in Haiti April 15 - 24, 2016. The team will work with Haitian secondary students from our cooperative to purchase, distribute and assist the children with planting the Mango trees. The team will also teach the children the importance of controlling soil erosion and the relationship of the trees roots to the earth.
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Our project will add mosquito repelling plants and herbs to our playground and outdoor classroom space. We would also like to plant butterfly plants to attract monarchs and other butterflies native to our area. We will plan, plant, water, and observe the life cycles of both plants and insects all while hopefully decreasing the mosquito population in our outdoor exploration areas.
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Students, family and community members are going out with a data collection worksheet and pollinator picture chart to record their observations of local pollinators (who, where, when, quantity). They then go online to our web site and load in their findings. These findings will then be the data to populate our maps. These maps will help our communities better understand the state of pollinators that are important members of our ecological communities.
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This will be the second year we do this. My environmental club and I would start picking one organization to donate to that has the same goals as us. We want to raise awareness for getting out more and involving nature in our daily day, especially for kids. We get absorbed by the technology. I also want to bring awareness to the people around my community about the necessity of the rainforests. Involving the kids allows the future of the nation to be cognizant of the world around us.
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I will have Roots & Shoots members send in their Christmas lists to the Macy's event to increase the amount of money they send to Make A Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes amazing experiences for children with life threatening medical conditions.

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