K-12 schools may want to consider classroom gardens this spring. Container gardening, utilizing limited spaces, teaches kids about healthy diets and green garden techniques in growing vegetables locally with sustainable horticultural care. Globally, children of all school ages have been using a container gardening system called the Earthbox® for growing vegetables in their classrooms and outdoors at schools in an effort to learn what is a healthy diet and put an end to world hunger.
“The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort.”
Using the Earthbox® green methods, engineered for use where water is a rare commodity, student-driven experiments teach hands-on lessons of water conservation, light and soil properties, and the basics of a healthy diet. The young gardeners begin by planting the seeds in smaller plastic cups or seed starter trays, transplanting and thinning the seedlings later on to the Earthbox. Or small already started plants may be purchased in early spring for growing vegetables.
The Earthbox is the container gardening tool used in collaboration with The Growing Connection (TGC), a grassroots project developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In this short, very entertaining video, you will see how Cisco contributes to ending world hunger by sponsoring TGC at Palo Solo Montessori School, Mexico City. TGC is helping to solve world hunger problems by teaching students just what is a healthy diet, using container gardening for growing vegetables as an interactive experiment in classrooms.
One such classroom experiment was conducted locally in Newport, Rhode Island at St. Michael’s Country Day School by teacher Roslyn Morris’ first grade class. See earthbox winning harvests in the slideshow.
New York City apartment and condo dwellers with limited growing spaces such as patios, balconies, and rooftops have also used the Earthbox successfully for container gardening for growing vegetables and herbs. International Earthbox Day was held at Union Square last spring in New York. Planting an Earthbox is easy. Learn how from the earthbox inventor.
Find Earthbox® online with K-12 schools curriculum plans and small space gardens. To place an order, call 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit the online store. Agway in Portsmouth, RI, and surrounding Connecticut and Massachusetts Agways carry the Earthbox® system for container gardening and growing vegetables and herbs.
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