Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP)

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The Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP) has been updated from the original version to reach more schools in food insecure communities.
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Overview

BG-Logo-285The CFMP has students divide into teams to grow in class up to 8 different vegetables, fruits, herbs, and/or spices for monthly harvesting. The growing techniques are simple and can be done at home even for those living in apartments using seeds and other materials provided by the CFMP.

Harvests can be given to a wildlife rescue, animal hospital, or pet store to feed small animals like turtles, rabbits, and hamsters.

crest-cfmp-285The harvest data is used to decide the winning team for each harvest based on weight. The data can also be used in the optional mock business games & activities that come with the program.The CFMP has three different Levels that cover Nutrition & Marketing, Profit & Loss, and Investors.

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Schools

BG-Logo-285The CFMP has been designed to compliment existing curriculum from 3rd-12th grades (especially science and math).  Fortunately, teachers don’t have to worry about losing valuable instruction time to an outside program.  Once setup, it requires just 30 minutes twice a month to plant and harvest and just 5 minutes once a week to water.   As “Classroom Farmers,” students have a great opportunity to learn indoor gardening skills.

crest-cfmp-285When there is free time, students can take advantage of the CFMP’s optional games and assignments to get a hands on education of how food growing businesses operate (see below). These games, activities, and assignments can be customized to help teach Math and Reading lessons of the instructor’s choosing. Program training can be held in class with students, just teachers, or telecommuted if distance is an issue. Contact Us for details on how to bring the CFMP to your School or how to become a Sponsor.

Food Growing League

BG-Logo-285We’re in the process of setting up a Food Growing League (FGL). The  League will allow classrooms in one place to compete with  classrooms across the state to see who has the best harvest by weight each month.
Details coming soon.

Funding

BG-Logo-200Unless funded by the school, the CFMP is funded primarily by Individual and Business Sponsors of our Health Tips for a small fee (typically $3-5 per day). These Daily Sponsors can choose to fund a single day or more. The individual’s image or business logo they’ve chosen to upload will be featured on the right side of the Health Tip(s) being sponsoring. These Health Tips are posted on the Facebook page setup to journal the school’s CFMP throughout the school year. In addition to efforts by ReBuildUp to find sponsors in the community, students are welcome to help recruit sponsors in their area. In return, students earn additional food growing supplies to use at home similar to how a magazine drive works.

Components

BD-Logo-wB-150Bottle Drives help collect empty water bottles  from the school’s cafeteria to clean, sterilize, and reuse in building Portable Gardens.
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PG-Logo-wB-150Portable Gardens are built out of common materials to make growing food simple and inexpensive so even someone living in an apartment can set one up.  Learn More

FS-Logo-wB-150The Harvest Sheet records the weights of the greens for use in some of the CFMP’s mock business games and assignments.
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BG-Logo-wB-150Bottle Growers are simple one bottle top portable gardens that allow students to grow at home the seeds used in class.
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Levels
(typically takes one school year per level):

CFMP Level I: Nutrition & Marketing – Students learn how easy it is to grow different types of microgreens inside their classroom or even in their room at home.  Level I also lets students see the business side of things with the chance to design artwork for print and online promotional materials.  Learn More
  
CFMP-II-Logo-wB-i-150CFMP Level II: Profit & Loss – Students go beyond microgreens in Level II by growing cherry tomatoes, root vegetables, and more.  Entrepreneurship is further explored with another card game plus more assignments covering the nuts and bolts of running a business (gross margins, product surveys, prototypes, and basic accounting).
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CFMP-III-Logo-wB-150CFMP Level III: Investors – Students find out how much faster they can grow a variety of greens with an L.E.D light compared to sunlight only.  Special growing lights cost money which is why Level III has a series of games focused on how to raise funds to build future food empires.  Learn More

Earlier versions of the
Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP):

CFMP-Logo-wB-150The [Original] Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP) has students grow in class nutritious  greens that are harvested monthly for a restaurant partner  to serve to their customers.   This was the combination of ReBuildUp’s Startup Program and CFPP.
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CFPP-Logo-wB-150The Classroom To Food Pantry Pipeline (CFPP) is one of our Service Learning programs that connects classrooms with nearby food pantries.  Learn More

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