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AGRICULTURE BOX EDIBLE GARDEN PROJECT 

Grow an edible learning school yard and take the curriculum outside the classroom: Agriculture Box is an educational tool for every single area of the curriculum.

If you are a teacher or parent hoping to start a kitchen garden, we are here to help! Agriculture Box Edible Educational Projects are set up in leading schools across the UAE.

Did you know that children who plant their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat them? For nursery and primary school children, who are not yet in charge of their food choices, a school garden is a great place to construct a foundation for healthy eating. Think of the school yard as an open-air classroom for cultivating, learning and tasting different fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs fresh from the soil. Positive experiences in the outdoor classroom lead to new habits at home

School Gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process. 

The Agriculture Box Edible Garden Project enables hands-on-learning in a variety of educational subjects and includes educational charts, short lectures on the introduction to soil microbiology & composting, nutrition and the benefits of growing organic.

Agriculture Box Enterprising Education Projects can also provide valuable funds for schools by pupils hosting market days and selling the produce to parents. Food growing also provides a practical opportunity for numeracy based learning and gaining business  enterprise skills for every age group.

Agriculture Box has a water automation system, so no need to worry about watering your plants during the weekends & school holidays.

Benefits of a school garden:

  • Interdisciplinary project 
  • Changes eating habits
  • Improves test scores
  • Connects children to the environment
  • Changes attitudes towards learning
  • Fights childhood obesity
  • Builds relationships
 
  

Growing food is set for all schools following the National Curriculum for England, as food education becomes compulsory for the first time. The National Curriculum for England is followed by a large amount of British schools here in the UAE. Pupils will also be taught knowledge, understanding and skills through gardens, agriculture and horticulture as part of creative and practical learning for this curriculum

The National Curriculum in England states that pupils should have an understanding of how food is grown is as part of the Cooking and Nutrition subject in Design & Technology.

In the subject of Science, students should be taught to observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy as statutory requirements.

There are a myriad of ways in which the whole curriculum can be delivered through school gardening.  Here is a short list of examples of school gardening activities:

School Gardening Activities

English: Learning about plant names and spelling them.  Communication.  Producing a school garden newsletter

Mathematics: Counting seeds and plants. Measuring plant heights. Using fractions and percentages of the number of seeds that germinate.

Science: Investigating what plants need in order to grow. Observing the life cycle of a plant. Recording the changes in plants through the seasons. Making weather observations through the seasons. Creating habitats for wildlife and watching the results. Carry out sustainable activities i.e. composting and producing organic fertilizer. Introduction to biology & soil microbiology by observing different kind of life forms in the soil.

Geography: Studying the water cycle and weather pattern.

Information & Communication Technology: Making scale drawings of the garden. Imputing data on the computer to produce graphs and charts. Investigating topics on the internet. Uploading gardening news on to the school website.

History: Study of plants and their uses historically for eating, medicine and making dyes etc. Studies of gardening through history i.e. dig for history campaign.

Food Technology: Harvesting food and learning how to cook it. Discovering the different tastes of freshly grown food. Nutrition and food awareness.

Other activities could include gardening clubs, growing competitions & open days.


Posted By: Admin   Posted Dated - 2013-10-21

 
 
Green Service LLC P.O. Box 111, Dubai U.A.E, Tel: +971 52 8751318, Email: agriculturebox@gmail.com