As many of you know, I sponsor an environmental group for school age children. Over the past four years we have collected thousands of pounds of paper as well as TONS (literally) of garbage from the streets in Miami neighborhoods. My goal is to raise environmental awareness to underpriveleged inner city youth.
A few months ago, I took my daughter to a reggae festival and met a great group that donates seeds to schools/groups and teaches children how to grow their own veggies in mini greenhouses. The group is called “A Cup of Green.” I figured that this would be an amazing project to introduce to my club as so many inner city kids live in “food deserts” and never see fresh food or see actual food growing from the Earth.
I brought some of the donated seeds to my group and we had a blast planting them in recycled water bottles, watching them grow and then donating the seedlings to a local community garden. It was so much fun that I then bought more seeds on my own and had over 300 children participate.
“Let your children connect with the earth and gain a new appreciation for their food. Our Edible Garden Workshops for kids will do just that. Here are some of the benefits for participating children and schools.”
•Understand how vegetables and fruits are grown
•Learn where fruits and vegetables come from
•Explore the different smells, textures, and colors of the different herbs, veggies, and fruits
•We bring the workshop to them allowing them to share this experience with their friends and teachers
•They can take their hard work home or leave it at school to nurture it and watch it grow (strengthening their sense of responsibility and self assurance)
•Teachers can participate or watch, allowing for a safe learning environment
•All children & schools will receive a certificate of completion and their photos electronically*
•Schools can choose to keep the seedlingor donate them to community gardens for under privileged children
•All children will receive a Bio-Kit created by us and Bio-Planet, containing seeds, instructions, a recipe , and some fun facts
•Additional Fund Raising options are also available for schools, camps, community centers and sports teams!