A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your table…


If your food earned airline frequent-flier miles, you’d be jetting to Europe for free.

With the construction of the courtyard garden, environmental science did a small part in helping the Food and Nutrition classes stop this absurdity. The raised beds that you visited the first week of school were the results of their hard work. Even though the food is grown locally now, the soil itself still has to be shipped.
Chemical fertilizer is used to enhance soil nutrients; however our garden is an organic garden which precludes the use of chemicals. Compost has been shown to increase yield as well. The garden grant included the purchase of 2 composters which are occasionally used. We have all the equipment we need for a self-sustained garden; however it’s not being used to its fullest potential.

What can we do to solve this local problem?



INITIAL BRAINSTORM LIST
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CONTRACT
In order to help the class reach our goal, I pledge to...
  • Be respectful, and build on other people’s opinions
  • Everybody does an equal share of work
  • Raise your hand
  • Contributing to share one others ideas
  • Be serious
  • Designated leader, voted by class.

SOIL DATA TABLE


TASK LIST for 10/9

What needs to be done...
□ Revisit and sign your contract
□ Find a cheaper renewable soil
□ Find an answer to the problem were trying to solve
□ Byproducts that can be used in our fertilizer
  • Find a local homegrown or made local organic fertilizer.
  • What other supplies or ingredients can we use to replace the chemical fertilizer?
  • Why is the compost only being occasionally used
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What we found out today...

Next time...

TASK LIST for 10/11

What needs to be done...

What we found out today...
What is compost?
What items are best used for creating compost?
  • Hair
  • Grass clippings
  • Branches
  • Egg shells
  • Orange peels
Which of these items are found in the school?
How much of these items will we need?
How many primary nutrients do we need in our soil?
How can the students get involved?
Next time...
Organize students into groups to answer questions. (one topic from the list for each table)

TASK LIST for 10/24
What needs to be done...
  1. Determine final product
  2. Clean-up pea plant experiment
  3. Organize students into groups to answer questions. (one topic from the list for each table)
What we found out today...
-Organic foods collection bin in the lunch room
-More advertisement towards our main goal(such as UDTV)
-Make a sign to show what is and is not acceptable to put in the composter
-Make the compost bin completely distinguishable from other bins
-Evenly distribute responsibilties amongst our classmates
Next time...
~Groups
group #1- talk to mrs. Clapp about food and nutrition.-Dj & Steven
group #2- Talk to UDTV and figure out how to get a video on to it. Kelly, Ashley, Jordan, Nicole
group #3- Making advertisment posters.- Alec, sydney, regan, andy, dana, ashley, sabrina, jake, colin
group #4- Getting bins for lunch room, Making them look good. Jackson, Phil, Hayoung, Jack, Dom.
TASK LIST for 10/26
What needs to be done...
  1. More advertisement towards our main goal of bin in lunch room(such as UDTV)
  2. Make a sign to show what is and is not acceptable to put in the composter
  3. Make the compost bin completely distinguishable from other bins
  4. Evenly distribute responsibilties amongst our classmates
~Groups
group #1- talk to mrs. Clapp about food and nutrition.-Dj, Steven, Phil
group #2- Talk to UDTV and figure out how to get a video on to it. Kelly, Ashley, Jordan, Nicole
group #3- Making advertisment posters.- Alec, sydney, regan, andy, dana, sabrina, jake, colin
group #4- Getting bins for lunch room, Making them look good. Jackson, Hayoung, Jack, Dom, alec l.
What we found out today...
  • Group #2 will create a commercial whether it goes on UDTV or not. It will be shared on the internet with websites like Facebook, Youtube, etc. We found the basic plot of the commercial.
  • Dyjhae, Steven, Phil Sarquis will put a poster at each station in the food and nut class with the do's and dont's to put in compost
  • Group 4, set up a meeting with mr. michner and we will put a compost trash can.
  • Group 3- Making posters.
Next time...