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To introduce students to growing their own vegetables for food and worm composting as part of reducing waste. Additionally, to support and develop a sense of community in our school through extending the opportunity to other classrooms to grow vegetables and participate in a "Stone Soup" project by the end of this school year.

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Thanks - Growing Vegetable Soup - We've got worms!

School:
Nina Harris 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Samantha Hernandez 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
12 
Date:
November 3, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Wells Fargo - $50.00

Wells Fargo - $50.00

Wells Fargo - $50.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $97.65

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Goal

To introduce students to growing their own vegetables for food and worm composting as part of reducing waste. Additionally, to support and develop a sense of community in our school through extending the opportunity to other classrooms to grow vegetables and participate in a "Stone Soup" project by the end of this school year.
 

 

What will be done with my students

1) Students will have the opportunity to learn about worm composting and reducing waste. Some lunch waste (such as banana and orange peels) will be placed into a worm composter. We will also use old newspapers from our classroom. The worm compost will be used to support of vegetable garden.

2) My(our) classroom has adopted our school's Outdoor Classroom and we want to use it to grow edibles. Students in my classroom will plant plots of vegetables, tend to them, and harvest them. We have been successful so far with some trial tomatoes and okra. We will also invite other classrooms to participate using containers that we already have on-hand, or make a plot themselves.

3) Once we have a harvest of some vegetables, our classroom will host a "Stone Soup" even where students will participate in the fold tale "Stone Soup" as we gather together in the outdoor classroom to make a giant pot of stone soup! 

 

Benefits to my students

There are many benefits to this project! My students and others will have the opportunity to see where food comes from. We will study the life cycle of a plant and watch it in action. This is a very hands-on experience for my students who have profound intellectual and physical disabilities. All students will be exposed to Science and be able to actively participate using all 5 senses! Students will be able to see how their food waste can be made into fertilizer for their vegetable plants. They will have the opportunity to watch the process in a worm farm as well as the composter.

This project will also help to build social skills and foster community in our school, allowing students to come together in the end to share the joy of their work. 

 

Describe the Students

I work with an entire ESE population.
My classroom has 8 students, all of which are at the participatory level. Three students use wheelchairs. One student is verbal. All of my students enjoy school very much and love any learning experiences which are hands-on and engaging. I would like the opportunity to offer this experience to them. 

 

Budget Narrative

A "worm composting" bin along with all of the items needed to get it up and running. A worm observation kit so that we can see some of the worms at work all of the time. A book about how worms do their "work." A book on growing vegetables in Florida (by an author whose videos our class watches on you tube to help us grow other things). A variety pack of seeds and small seed starting pots. Finally, the book "Stone Soup" to read at the end, culminating the entire experience together. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 VermiHut 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin $75.00
2 Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 1,000 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms $27.95
3 Worm Factory Refill Kit $33.19
4 Kids Worm Farm Observation Kit $28.95
5 Wiggling Worms at Work (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 $4.50
6 Heirloom Vegetable Seeds,75 Varieties, Non Hybrid, Non Gmo, Vegetable, Fruit, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs. $46.00
7 • Pack of 30 Biodegradable Peat Pots Seed Planters, Seed Starting Pots $13.98
8 • Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) by Marcia Brown $6.99
9 Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening: The Secret to Growing Piles of Food in the Sunshine State $11.09
  Total: $247.65

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