'GROW YOUR OWN' – Indoor Garden Kit

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Schoolyard garden programs are growing in popularity in schools all over the U.S. They help children learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits in a hands-on experience. Unfortunately, many low-resource schools are missing out on this incredible new movement due to Governmental formalities and limitations, as well as insufficient funding to implement such programs. To combat this problem, I have created a simple system that could easily be incorporated into a third grade classroom curriculum. It is a garden kit which includes all of the components and instructions needed for a 3rd grade student to grow their own indoor vegetable garden.
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April 17, 2012
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Here are two different packages for the 'GROW YOUR OWN' indoor garden kit. I created realistic, bold and colorful illustrations for the outside, and the contents of the kit are listed on the back.
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I used environmentally friendly applications, like the bio-degradable peat pots that can be directly transplanted into the ground, and the package wrap is comprised of only one sheet of 11"x17" paper.
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It consists of a bio-degradable peat pot planter, a vegetable seed packet, six expandable soil pellets, planting instructions, and educational information about the health benefits of the vegetable.
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This is a third grade student sewing lettuce seeds in a working prototype that I created for this kit.
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That prototype yielded germination of the seeds and REAL GROWTH!
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Low-resource school systems, such as the four elementary schools in the Kansas Rosedale community often lack the funding or motivation to implement an addition to their curriculum such as a schoolyard garden. But if a school cannot establish a schoolyard garden, I thought it could be easily done at a smaller scale.

 
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I have developed an indoor vegetable garden kit for 3rd grade students. Each student would receive their own kit. Students would grow a variety of vegetables as a class, and each student could teach the others about the vegetable that they are growing, facilitating a collaborative environment where knowledge is shared.