Food Growing League

What Teachers are saying…

"The kids thought the program was fantastic. They loved having the opportunity and responsibility to plant, water and watch something grow. They would come in everyday and run right to the window to see their plants."

Patricia Meehan | 4th Grade Teacher at Sugarloaf Elementary -


Food Growing League 2018-2019
Spring Season
(click here for previous seasons)
CONF
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
BSLA
BSLB
Round 1
TBA TBA TBA

Now recruiting schools for Fall Season (Oct-Jan) 2019-2020

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crest-cfmp-285IN THE NEWS
If you’re new to the Food Growing League (FGL), here’s a link (click here or the image) to the newspaper article “Wave of the future” that does a great job explaining how it helps teach MATH and SCIENCE.

crest-cfmp-285OVERVIEW
Designed for 3rd-12th grades, the Food Growing League (FGL) lets students practice their MATH and SCIENCE skills with the hands on activity of competitive food growing in the classroom. Once setup, it requires just 30 minutes twice a month to plant and harvest and just 5 minutes once or twice a week to water. Classroom growing can also be setup to work with your outdoor school garden.

crest-cfmp-285 To begin, students collect water bottles in a Bottle Drive held in the school’s lunch room. Next, teams are formed of 1 to 6 students each (see charts below) to construct their Portable Gardens.

crest-cfmp-285Once setup, students grow food in friendly competition with classmates. Winners are decided by the Harvest Sheet results. The League takes the top five teams from the in class competition and matches them with another school’s top five to find out who has the best Classroom Farmers.

The competition is documented in printable score cards, a competition video, and the rebuildup.com Podcast for each Round. In addition to Class Rank, the Top 20 Individual Team Rankings are available.

One or more classes can participate, but it’s recommended that only one classroom take part in your school’s first season to get acquainted with the program. After that, as many 3rd-12th grade classes as you like can participate.


crest-cfmp-285FALL SEASON (Oct-Jan): Pet Food
Students in teams grow a different food each month with winners decided by harvest weights. After each monthly harvest, the greens are given to one or more students to use as pet food for their hamsters, turtles, birds, and other small animals.

Fall Bonus Round (optional) – Teams figure out how much of the food they’re growing they will need to feed various pets for a week.

How to Share 1 Fall Season Kit between 1-4 Classes
(based on 30 students per class)
Classes
Per
Kit

Portable
Gardens
Per Class

Teams
Per
Class

Students
Per
Team

1 Class
20 20 1-2
2 Classes
10 10 3
3 Classes
7-8 7-8 4-5
4 Classes
5 5 6

crest-cfmp-285SPRING SEASON (Feb-May): Mother’s Day Plant Sale School Fundraiser
Students in teams grow the same plant for 3 months with the monthly winners decided by which teams have the tallest plants. After transplanting plants into individual bottles in May, schools have the option to sell the plants as a fundraiser on their own or through a community partner which we can assist in finding.

Spring Bonus Round (optional) – Teams use their food growing like a mock lemonade stand to learn about customers surveys, profit and loss, and other aspects of entrepreneurship.

How to Share 1 Spring Season Kit between 1-4 Classes
(based on 30 students per class)
Classes
Per
Kit

Portable
Gardens
Per Class

Teams
Per
Class

Students
Per
Team

1 Class
30 30 1
2 Classes
15 15 2
3 Classes
10 10 3
4 Classes
7-8 7-8 4-5

GETTING STARTEDcrest-cfmp-285
Classrooms receive their FGL kits about two weeks before the season starts giving them time to familiarize themselves with the materials including a step by step instruction guide with pictures. Training by Skype is also provided to instructors. The school is only responsible for providing the empty water bottles, paper towels, and scissors. Everything else is provided in the FGL kit.

EXTRA MATERIALS
The benefit of sharing one kit between multiple classes is that more students get to learn about indoor growing. The downside is that more classes mean fewer materials to divide amongst students to take home at the end of the season. One solution is to get a second kit.

crest-cfmp-285PROGRAM COST
FGL Kits are sold at cost including shipping and handling. Discounts and scholarships are available for qualifying schools. One suggestion is for schools to purchase one Spring Season kit and use the money raised from the Mother’s Day Plant Sale School Fundraiser to fund future seasons. We rely on monthly sponsors to fund the League.

SPONSORS
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FGL Sponsors can be businesses, families, or anonymous. Sponsors will see their company logo or family name featured in the monthly competition video, scorecard, and mentioned in the rebuildup.com Podcast next to the school(s) they sponsor. Anonymous sponsors will see the school’s logo in their stead. Schools have the option to self sponsor. Contact us for details.

TEACHER SPONSOR REFERRALS
Instructors know our program best and often let people know about it. We want to compensate these teachers any time a business or family sponsor comes our way thanks to their recommendation. Visit our Sponsor page or Contact us for details.

REGULATIONS
Due to Health Department rules, fall harvests grown in the classroom are only to be used as pet food. However, these same greens are considered safe to eat by students and their families when grown and harvested at home.

The NC Department of Agriculture says there is no issue with selling basil plants since it is not sold as a prepared food.


PREVIOUS SEASONS

Food Growing League 2018-2019
Fall Season
(click here for previous season)
CONF
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
MG1A Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Food Growing League 2017-2018
Spring Season [extended]
(click links to view results)
CONF
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
NC1A Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
May
NC1A Round 5

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