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Aeroponics at Groveland Elementary School

By
Jennifer Lykins,   Groveland Elementary School
Play:
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Aeroponics at Groveland Elementary School
We got our project idea because we wanted to help our school restore 3 Tower Gardens that were in disrepair and not being used. We invited Nancy Cummings, who is a distributor for Tower Gardens, to come to our school, answer our questions, and give us feedback about our project. She helped us order missing parts and supported us as we restored our school towers and made our plan for planting. She also taught us how to add nutrient solution and how to measure PH Balance. We got invited to visit Living Towers Farms, in Eustis, Florida. When we arrived, Dr. Jan Young (owner and founder) explained that her farm was created to teach people how to grow healthy food. She showed us 3 types of towers and explained that the food grown in the towers is more nutritious than food grown in soil. She also showed us how to arrange the plants in the towers by size to make sure every plant gets the light that it needs. Living Towers Farm sells seedlings to the public and produces over 5000 pounds of food per year that is donated to a local food bank. So far, we have restored and planted 2 of the towers with a variety of fruits and veggies. Next week, we will also plant a 6' by 8' raised bed with tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and squash.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We invited Nancy Cummings, who is a distributor for Tower Gardens, to come to our school, answer our questions, and give us feedback about our project. She helped us order missing parts and supported us as we restored our school towers and made our plan for planting. She also taught us how to add nutrient solution and how to measure PH Balance.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We did our research, identified a problem, made an action plan, found adults to support us, put our action plan into place.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We have partnered with a local garden club and continue to write grants.