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The goal of this grant is to continue our amazing garden here at Heritage Middle School. A few years ago Mr. Jim Norman, a Volusia County Master Gardener, donated old hay bales and we started a small "Hay Bale" garden. It was a huge success. This year, I would like to continue part of our garden in hay bales. Students also still use the Weather STEM weather station and will be incorporating that into our garden. Students will be using the information gathered by probes that have been placed into our garden. Students have already begun tilling the garden in preparation for our fall planting and we have received about 10 bales donated already.

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"SAY WHAT? YOU CAN PLANT IN A HAY BALE?"

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School:
Heritage Middle School 
Subject:
Career & Technical Education 
Teacher:
Lisa Gaboury 
Students Impacted:
350 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
September 6, 2019

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FUTURES - $500.00

Anonymous - $500.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to continue our amazing garden here at Heritage Middle School. A few years ago Mr. Jim Norman, a Volusia County Master Gardener, donated old hay bales and we started a small "Hay Bale" garden. It was a huge success. This year, I would like to continue part of our garden in hay bales. Students also still use the Weather STEM weather station and will be incorporating that into our garden. Students will be using the information gathered by probes that have been placed into our garden. Students have already begun tilling the garden in preparation for our fall planting and we have received about 10 bales donated already. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will set up the hay bale garden and learn about the 14 day curing that must be done, using (Nitrogen) Urea fertilizer.( 8100310 01.06 Apply the scientific method to solve an agricultural problem.The 8th graders will be in charge of helping to teach the 6th and 7th graders how to cure the hay bales. Students will learn about the PH and the process that they hay goes through to decompose so that plants can then grow.(8100310 04.02 Propagate and grow an agricultural plant) Gardening this way is wonderful in Florida since we do not have great soil! Students will plant both fall and spring vegetables and will be responsible for fertilizing, and properly watering with a soaker hose. Classes will harvest all vegetables and take them home(8100310 04.05 Demonstrate proper planting techniques, 06.01 Demonstrate the proper handling techniques and storage of food products from farm to plate)

My Agricultures classes will also be using the Weather STEM program that was installed into our garden and barn area a few years ago. (8100310 10.01 apply basic mathematic operations to solve agricultural problems) With this, students will monitor the moisture level of the soil and soil temperature. Mr. Jim Norman, a Volusia County Master Gardener, also helps assist with bringing different varieties of things to plant as well as support.
Additional standards 8011120 03.01 Identify plants important to agriculture. 04.02 Prepare and process and agricultural product. 04.03 Propagate horticulture plants.
8021300 07.01 Produce a vegetable crop,07.02 Compare the components of soil, 08.10 Perform plant propagation, 08.04 Compare types of growing media ( this would be growing plants in hay as well as in the soil in the ground)

 

 

Benefits to my students

Teaching students about gardening and where their food comes from is awesome and a hay bale garden is something that all the children can do at their own homes. It is also a way to grow plants without having to do much to the ground such as tilling, adding fertilizer and supplements to the soil. Our school is working on the Healthy Kid Program through our cafeteria and also with our self- contained classes, so teaching students about growing their own vegetables is very beneficial. I have also found that it is easier access for students with physical handicaps since they don’t have to bend over so far or get onto the ground to plant.
It has also been proven that when students work outside doing hands on activities, they are much happier and healthier. Ag is learning by doing. 

 

Budget Narrative

All of the items are purchased from places that also give us discounts and donations. We go through much more than $150.00 worth of seeds and plants, however Slingerlands and Guerneys donate lots of plants and seeds. Mr. Norman also brings us plants that have been donated from University of Florida. Deltona mulch donated the delivery charge for the potting soil, and I donate the gasoline for the tiller. Mr. Sutton also does all of the maintence of our tiller. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Hay bales 50 @ $7.00 $350.00
2 Nitrogen/fertilizers from Sunniland $75.00
3 potting mix- 15 yards delivered $210.00
4 Vegetable seeds and seedlings $150.00
5 Garden hoes 5@ $15 $75.00
6 1 wheel barrow $50.00
7 garden hose-sprinkler $75.00
8 string and stakes $15.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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