|21 Teaching beds are on our farm.|
|A Passion Vine blooming in our "Peace, Love and Herb" bed|
Another thing that will benefit our students is the water conservation that we will be teaching. We have purchased a 1,000 gallon water collection tank that will be used to collect water to water our crops on the farm. With the use of water collection and our special sub irrigation system or (SIPS) that water our beds, the kids will learn that water is a limited natural resource and hopefully learn not to leave the water running on full blast at their own homes. Our SIPS only need watered once every 10-14 days (even in Texas). That in itself is very impressive. The beds have a poly liner that does not allow water to wash away. Instead, it stays put for the plants to suck it up during the day and then release it back in the soil at the end of the day releasing nutrients that will again be sucked up the next day. If there is a drought, and the water tank runs dry, we will put out a request to our community to bring a gallon of water to school. With 420 students, that would fill it 1/2 way. It will teach them a bigger sense of community and create a bond to keep our farm up and running. In days past, there wasn't a hose to turn on or sprinklers to use, so this again will be a learning concept in itself.
|Hope we can harvest this before the squirrels get to it.|
|Teachers can utilize the outdoor chalkboard.|
There will be never ending curriculum concepts being soaked up on the farm. The farm will offer countless writing opportunities, math, science, social studies as well as self esteem, team building and conflict resolution. The list goes on and on and our staff continues to amaze me with their creativity as it applies to their garden beds.
|Flowers blooming in our colorful tire planters|