- Project Cost: $1,000
- Funded to Date: $610
- Online Until: May 18, 2018
- Teacher Name: Amber Bowler
- School: Field Elementary
- Grade Level: 3
I have known about tower gardening for about a year now and think the concept of growing food indoors year round is so intriguing. I waited around, have asked questions, and observed to find out about the successes of them in our district. The teachers that have them have raved about the many benefits of tower gardens in their classrooms. Students gain many benefits of learning how to grow and maintain them. I would love to have the ability to provide that for my students and school and to spearhead the first tower garden at Field.
- Planned Use for Funds: We will purchase a tower garden to use in the classroom to grow our own vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs.
- Need Represented: We have outdoor garden space at Field, but this would give us an opportunity to grow food year round, to teach kids how to grow with hydroponics. As we seek to empower students to learn about sustainability and healthy choices, this will empower students to have no limitations.
- Academic Impact: Students will learn about the aspects of hydroponics from testing water, to watching seeds germinate, pollinating plants, measuring growth, harvesting, and preparing fresh vegetables. Students will maintain the garden with various jobs and will make decisions about what will grow best. Students will make scientific discoveries as they test hypotheses and sometimes make mistakes. This will keep students growing food throughout the school year and will help them make our economics unit of inquiry more impactful as they see how work and contribution effect outcomes.
- Student Population: Our student population at Field is very interested in sustainability, recycling, and healthy lifestyle choices. Students at Field are going to begin a garden club and also begin composting breakfasts and lunches. We also have many students who sign up for our Life Lab Explore class every summer who really enjoy learning to grow their own food. Our school is 25% free and reduced lunch.