The thought and care behind this project was meticulous. How could you implement such a complex subject into its simplest form? Simple: straight to the point. All the juicy stuff is for the parents to know. The fun stuff is for the kids- they'll love it. We plan on educating children in elementary schools on what they're eating, where it comes from, its value, and how it grows. We're going to teach them how to plant their own vegetable and fruit gardens- right at their school alongside teachers and parents.
Our main goal is summed up in one sentence: Being healthy while keeping our planet healthy. We're going to bypass all the pesticides used in commercial agriculture because we're growing our own plants and taking care of them ourselves every day. Kids will see the process and will have fun in planting and harvesting these plants in order to take home once they've grown and enjoy the taste of natural fruits and veggies. This is going to be a hands-on project- excellent for their curious minds.
Sunset Park Elementary has graciously allowed us to begin this project with their students! So, beginning this January 2014, we're going to have PowerPoints and activities ready for presenting the idea to the kids. We'll be teaching them what a plant is, how it grows, how to plant and water it. We'll teach them about the soil and how that's the plant's food. They'll have fun with this and get to do crossword puzzles and coloring activities in order to prepare them for the "Harvest Season."
As soon as we start The Harvest Season, we'll be planting (this year) blueberries, carrots, celery, spinach, peas, raspberries, zucchini, and strawberries. but prior to that, we will build the beds and create an irrigation system for the beds in order to avoid the messy process of watering them every day and also to prevent plant dehydration during the weekends. Parent nights going to be planned so that they will know about what the program is teaching their kids.
Funded by Miami, FL (January 2014)