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Zahrada Indoor Gardens
Posted on December 16, 2014 by -Esmé Z. 10th grade
On Tuesday October 14th, we watched a TED talk called "The Green Bronx Machine". The video presented the idea of a green wall, first created by a teacher in the Bronx to help his students become more interested in science. After watching the video, Helen, Zoe, and I were instantly intrigued in creating our own green wall in our school. Immediately following the video we started creating a presentation and researching different planters and total cost. After doing some research we determined that we were going to need some money. In order to gain funding we decided to write a grant to the Mayo Foundation. We are planning to build several Tower Gardens, and a Wall Garden. The wall gardens are 12 felt pockets that we will be growing organic plants in. With these plants students will be able to add nutrition to their personal lunches. We are also installing three Tower Garden planters; each planter is 5 ft. tall and grows plants using a method called aeroponic gardening. Aeroponic gardening is the process of growing plants without the use of soil.
Our indoor gardens will give students the opportunity to explore nutrition and botany. We are currently still in the grant writing stage, but we hope to have the grant sent in by the end of October. Once our grant is approved and the money starts rolling in we plan on setting up our walls and towers. When everything is set up and we start planting, we will be collaborating with the soil team and the compost team so they can help provide healthy nutrient enriched soil for our wall garden.
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