Supporters Programs Calendar Giving Fund Raising Events

The goal of Galaxy STEM Academy’s Grow Your Own Food Lab is to teach students that growing nutritionally dense food is easy and can be done anywhere regardless of home ownership or renting. Research by Cornell University shows that when garden grown vegetables were slipped into school salads, kids were over four times as likely to take a salad. We want to start small and get our students to learn what grows best in our hot and humid environment, and how to start eating more healthy foods.

< Back to Search Grants

 

Grow Your Own Food Lab

grant photo
School:
Galaxy Middle 
Subject:
Heart Health 
Teacher:
Chris DeRosier 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
July 27, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Licence for Learning Auto Tag - $1,000.00

 

Goal

The goal of Galaxy STEM Academy’s Grow Your Own Food Lab is to teach students that growing nutritionally dense food is easy and can be done anywhere regardless of home ownership or renting. Research by Cornell University shows that when garden grown vegetables were slipped into school salads, kids were over four times as likely to take a salad. We want to start small and get our students to learn what grows best in our hot and humid environment, and how to start eating more healthy foods. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will use 7 gallon nursery pots to grow various vegetables and fruits that grow in our Central Florida environment. Irrigation will be provided by a timer that is battery powered and hooks up to a regular hose spigot.
Students will be responsible for composting by using leaves from around campus, weeds that are pulled, and lunch leftovers (fruit and vegetables). Purchased soil will get us started, but the goal is to create nutrient rich soil over time by composting.

There are multiple reasons that we want to grow our garden in containers. Many of our students live in rental properties, so demonstrating container gardens will show them that they can grow their food without ruining the landscape or causing damage. Galaxy is also under construction, so we can move our garden at any time to almost any place as needed. Using containerized plants also reduces the weed and insect competition.

Greens, fruits, and vegetables will be grown to give the students a variety of healthy food choices. Students will pick a variety of plants that they will grow from seed or starter plants, and will maintain them until harvest. Students will be graded based on the process for growing plants.

Galaxy Middle STEM Academy is also receiving fruit tree cuttings from the United States Department of Agriculture National Clonal Germplasm Repository. We hope to propagate fruit trees and learn how to graft named varieties on rootstock. Individuals with grafting experience are being sought to instruct us on how to graft.
 

 

Benefits to my students

According the CDC.gov website, “The prevalence of obesity was higher among Hispanics (21.9%) and non-Hispanic blacks (19.5%) than among non-Hispanic whites (14.7%).” Galaxy is a highly diverse population, and all of our students can benefit from this lab. It is our hope, that both our students and ourselves can reduce our sugar intake and lead a healthier lifestyle.  

 

Budget Narrative

The composter, worm bin, and leaf shredder will be utilized to make compost at a much faster rate.
The plastic sheets and the coin envelopes will sort and hold the vegetable seeds.
The coco coir pellets will assist in starting plants from seeds.
The Potting mix and nursery pots will allow us to grow larger plants. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler, Black, 80-Gallon $130.18
2 Worm Factory 360 Worm Composting Bin $109.95
3 Sun Joe SDJ616 Shredder Joe 13-Amp 16:1 Reduction Electric Leaf Mulcher/Shredder $109.86
4 Columbian Coin Envelopes, 2.25 x 3.5 Inch, Manila, 500 Per Box (CO540) $18.83
5 BCW 100 9-Pocket Plastic Sheets $13.47
6 Coco Coir Grow Pellets/Grow Media 42 mm - Value Pack Sizes (1,000) $76.00
7 Miracle-Gro 50-Quart Potting Mix with Fertilizer $269.60
8 BLOW MOLDED ECONO-GRIP #7 Nursery Pot $272.10
  Total: $1,000.00

Share

Please share this page to help in fulfilling this grant.

Facebook Twitter email

 

Special Thanks to Our Presenting Partners

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools

License 4 Learning

Heart of Volusia, Inc.

Duke-Energy

SGM Engineering

Florida Health Care Plans & Florida Blue

Florida Power & Light

Florida Hospital

SunTrust Foundation

Daytona International Auto Mall

Wyotech

ECMC Foundation

Cici & Hyatt Brown