On Saturday, September 17th, ReBuildUp was out at Parkwood Baptist’s Hand to Hand Food Pantry handing out freshly harvested microgreens and playing Food Bike, the nutrition card game.
Winners walked away with a Bottle Grower with basil seeds.
On Monday, September 12th, students at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC began setting up the first of 8 Portable Garden bins for their school’s Classroom to Food Pantry Pipeline (CFPP). Students will use these bins to grow nutritious pesticide free micro greens for delivery at Emerywood Baptist’s Food Pantry on a monthly basis during the 2016-2017 school year.
On Saturday, August 20th ReBuildUp was out at Parkwood Baptist’s Hand to Hand Food Pantry showing attendees how to make their own Bottle Growers as part of Ragsdale High School’s Classroom to Food Pantry Pipeline (CFPP).
Making a Bottle Grower and picking up some freshly grown micro greens.
The latest micro green harvest from a few Portable Gardens.
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Some of the Ragsdale High School students who participated in the Classroom to Food Pantry Pipeline during the school year have volunteered to continue growing food over the summer delivering what they harvest to Renaissance Road Church’s Food Bank.
The students took home one of the portable gardens from class and were offered a “sharecropping” option where they can give half the micro greens to the food bank and keep the rest. The participating students elected to give all the food grown to the food bank every four weeks until school returned.
The final step of the Ragsdale High School CFPP pilot is complete with students growing, harvesting, and now delivering food to Renaissance Road Food Bank.
A Renaissance Road volunteer signs the Food Slip to confirm the delivery and the student returns the form to receive service hours.
Once done with the harvest, students recorded the number of bags made. They will use this information to calculate how many Portable Gardens are needed to meet the total weekly demand of the Food Bank.
We continue to grow the Ragsdale-Renaissance Church Pipeline thanks in part to the Greater High Point Food Alliance.
Ragsdale High School is now making weekly deliveries to Renaissance Church’s Food Bank for the remainder of the school year.
ReBuildUp is looking forward to growing the number of portable gardens at Ragsdale in the fall to provide even more food to area food banks and pantries.
High Point Friends School has begun collecting empty water bottles in its school cafeteria for use in constructing more portable gardens to grow food to feed nearby Food Pantries in High Point, NC.
More schools have expressed interest and we hope to have updates on more Bottle Drives before the end of the school year.
As part of our Food Bike program, we’re in the process of adding more portable gardens at Ragsdale High School with the goal of staggering their growing cycle so there’s a harvest ready each week to be taken to Renaissance Church’s Food Bank.