Eating for the Planet!
Students were interested in exploring ways that we could consume more local food in order to reduce our carbon footprints. Throughout our learning this year, we gained a deeper understanding of how all aspects of our lives are connected to our carbon footprints. We realized that our food is a big part of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane generated by food waste. Our goal was to raise awareness of how simple switches in our diets can have a positive impact on the planet.
Students set up a Hydroponic garden in the classroom, to demonstrate how easy and fun it can be to grow your own produce. Students also researched recipes that are good for the planet (ex: local food, vegetarian) to encourage each other to share new recipes at home with their families. These recipes are posted on a school bulletin board. Students also put together a mini newsletter that goes out to the school community, sharing Health Recipe resources and tips for starting a veggie garden at home.
After this, students set up an outdoor veggie garden and pollinator garden. Students are hopeful the produce they grow will be shared with the community once the plants bear fruit.
Reflection & Celebration
Students can’t wait until the plants bear fruit. They are already considering ways we can expand this project to reach more people.