The Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP) has students play food themed games and grow in class different vegetables, fruits, herbs, and/or spices for monthly harvests (up to 8 foods per Level).
The growing techniques used are simple and can be replicated at home even for those living in apartments. We have received approval for this program from the County Health Department. Please review the CFMP to get more familiar with the program if not already.
For new schools starting out at Level I, we suggest piloting this program in one classroom during the first semester and spreading it to more classes based on available funding. If funding isn’t available, we have a fund raising option involving the school’s/PTA’s social media.
The CFMP’s goal is to increase food & nutrition security through indoor home gardens and better eating habits. These games, activities, and assignments can be customized to help teach Math and Reading lessons of the instructor’s choosing.
Entrepreneur Games (September-May)
Marketing is the theme of the CFMP Level I games. Food Bike teaches students why to eat healthy, Promo Materials shows students how to get the word out about their mock business, and Discount Card has students come up with offers to help sell their fictitious foods.
Schools have the option to allow students to voluntarily showcase their artwork in the form of flyers or table toppers at a sponsor’s place of business in return for the young artists receiving gift certificates from the sponsor.
Growing Greens (October-May)
Teams of two students (or 3 if necessary) will each receive a 3 Bottle Top Portable Garden Mini Bin (PG3) to grow that month’s selected seed in class over a two week period (growing schedule provided). The team with the largest harvest by weight (scale provided) will receive PG3 containers to use at home.
After each harvest, students can take home extra seeds to grow in personal Bottle Growers. Giving the home harvest to their family to eat with dinner might count for service learning hours. We ask parents to encourage home growing when possible. This schedule allows time for instructor training to take place sometime in August-September.
Health Tips (September-May)
Health Tips are a daily infographic posted on a Facebook page created by ReBuildUp to highlight the health efforts at the school. The school is encouraged to share these daily Health Tips on their school’s or PTA’s official Facebook Page featuring the sponsor. The Health Tips shared feature over 100 different vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. The goal is to help influence the shopping habits of parents so they can provide the healthiest options for their children when possible.
Unless funded entirely by the school, the CFMP is funded primarily by Business and Individual Sponsors for a small fee ($3-5 per day). These Daily Sponsors can choose to fund a single day or more. The business logo or individual’s chosen picture will be featured on the right side of the Health Tip they’re sponsoring.
In addition to efforts by ReBuildUp to find sponsors in the community, the school, parents, and PTA are welcome to help recruit sponsors in their area. In return, the designated recipient (classroom, school, or PTA) will receive up to 33% of the money they raise excluding processing fees. This percentage amount may be smaller if the School’s or PTA’s Facebook page isn’t able to participate in sharing Health Tips for some reason.
This percentage deal excludes government funds like if a school district contributes money towards a school.
Funds are sent to the school at the end of December and May in the form of a cashiers check. Visit our Daily Sponsors page to get more details about how sponsorship works.
Each participating School/PTA will be given a link to share with potential sponsors taking them to a customized page to review the CFMP and pick what days they want to sponsor. Here’s an example of this School page.
Affiliate Card (optional)
The Affiliate Card is based on school magazine drives that reward students with toys in return for subscriptions. If approved by the school, students have the option to voluntarily recruit Daily Sponsors for the CFMP. In return, students receive PG3 Home Kits for each sponsor recruited. To protect student identities, students who sign up are assigned a code number in class they can give out to sponsors to use when purchasing sponsorships.
We rely on harvest data, exit surveys, and other metrics to help gauge the success of the CFMP along with what still needs improvement. We base the current version on teacher and student feedback from our 2016-2017 Partners.
About ReBuildUp, LLC
Founded March 1st, 2014 in Greensboro, NC, ReBuildUp is a Curriculum Development company focused on Health & Entrepreneurship. The CFMP is the combination of our Entrepreneurship games and Health Program. Learn more About Us here.