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Growing Knowledge

A proposed sack-gardening + composting program which combines awareness of food production and waste management with practical skills.

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This concept extends an earlier inspiration of sack-gardening from Kenya and adds composting + more comprehensive support to the initiative. Lessons would be devised towards sack-gardening projects and also on compost production using basic techniques such as those outlined by the Daily Dump: http://bit.ly/9q0TYo This would create learning around a small-scale food production cycle that requires limited resources and space.


The growing/composting projects could be initiated at schools with the encouragement that students can implement them at home as well – enhancing community adoption of small-scale food production cycles. Once established at schools, produce could also contribute to existing school meal programs or form part of micro-enterprise training for students towards school market-days or community dining events.


A Growing Knowledge Toolkit would be created based on a couple of initial trial runs. This could include photos, diagrams, lesson plans, task-sheets, etc with practical instructions, materials lists, discussion pointers, suggetions for micro-enterprise ventures and so on. Could also include extension lesson plans on plant biology, basic chemistry, climate change, carbon and nitrogen cycles. *The tool-kit would be naturally be easy to understand, colourful and engaging.*


Images from: http://bit.ly/b3XBv0 + Daily Dump
Sack garden process: http://bit.ly/amnggo



Who would implement this?

  • A local entrepreneur or small organization
  • A globally-based social entrepreneur
  • NGOs and Foundations

Cost

Sack-gardening is cheap (+ doesn't take up much space) Conversion of waste to compost is both cost effective and teaches sustainable efficiency.

Distribution & Delivery

Could be introduced to teachers + students by a Growing Knowledge Facilitator who provides materials and advice on initial projects. (The good folk at the Daily Dump are even open to collaboration and have a model for cloning their composting units to support entrepreneurial activity around their products)

Adoption

Tool-kit + Growing Knowledge Facilitator. Additionally it is hoped that the projects would spark adoption beyond the classroom.

Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?

  • English language learning (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Math learning
  • Other

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Great concept!

I had a very similar idea but it is mostly redundant now that I have seen yours. The kit's instruction manual/ lesson plan is a great opportunity for teaching kids about science related to agriculture and food: plant biology, basic chemistry, climate change, carbon and nitrogen cycles.

I have heard of similar programs at orphanages in Africa. The children grow crops for food and sell the surplus to buy school supplies and pay for their tuition.