Food Growing League

What Teachers are saying…

"The students do really enjoy them. They really take ownership, when they prepare the bottles and plant the seeds."

Pam Lindsey, M.Ed | AG Teacher at Stokesdale Elementary -


Food Growing League 2020-2021
Fall Season*
(click here for previous seasons)
DIV
Oct
Nov
Dec
Now recruiting Schools

*The Fall Season has been updated for 1) both in class and virtual learning, 2) schedule change to accommodate schools on quarter system, 3) Harvest Sheets uploaded once at end of season, and 4) improved Scorecards.

Food Growing League 2019-2020
Spring Season
(click here for previous seasons)
CONF
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
PS1A
PS1B
Conference Results
(Rounds 1-4)



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
Intended 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 once or twice a month (depending on Season) to plant and harvest and just 5 minutes once or twice a week to water.

growbuck Classroom growing can help improve your outdoor school garden.


How to use 1 Kit in the Classroom
Students
Per
Kit

Portable
Gardens
Per Class

Teams
Per
Class

Students
Per
Team

12 students
8 8 1-2
16 students
8 8 2
20 students
8 8 2-3
24 students
8 8 3
30 students
8 8 3-4

crest-cfmp-285 To begin, students can either use brand new store bought water bottles or collect and sterilize water bottles in a Bottle Drive held in the school’s lunch room. Next, teams are formed with 1 to 4 students per team to construct up to 8 Portable Gardens per kit. Charts are based on 1 class using multiple kits with differing numbers of students.


Using Multiple Kits for Large Classes
(based on 30 students per class)
Kit
Per
Class

Portable
Gardens
Per Class

Teams
Per
Class

Students
Per
Team

1 Kit
8 8 3-4
2 Kits
16 16 1-2
3 Kits
24 24 1-2
4 Kits
32 30 1

growbuckOnce 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 the top teams from other schools to find out who has the best Classroom Farmers.

The competition is documented in printable score cards with class ranking and a competition video, featuring the Top 4 classrooms from each Division (e.g. MG1, PL1).

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-Dec): Pet Food
Students in teams grow a different food each month with winners decided by harvest weights.

After each monthly harvest, the greens can be given to one or more students to use as pet food for their hamsters, turtles, birds, and other non-dog/non-cat small animals.

Pet food harvests can also be sold to fellow students for GrowBucks (if your school participates).


crest-cfmp-285SPRING SEASON (Mar-May): Plant Sale School Fundraiser
Students in teams grow basil, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños for over 3 months with the monthly winners decided by who has the tallest plants. After transplanting plants into individual bottles in May, schools have the option to sell the plants as a fundraiser, sell to other students for GrowBucks (if your school participates), give them away, or let students take home. One kit can produce up to 24 plants to sell and/or take home.


REMOTE GROWING: Virtual Learning and sudden schedule changes
ReBuildUp has updated the FGL to allow virtual classrooms to take part along with students suddenly out of school for whatever reason to continue growing from home. Schools who receive kits, but are unable to use them as planned can instead use them the following season or school year.


GETTING STARTEDcrest-cfmp-285
Classrooms receive their FGL kits about 2-3 weeks before the season starts giving them time to familiarize themselves with the materials including a printed step by step instruction manual and training videos. The school is only responsible for providing the new or sterilized 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 extra 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 a discount (including shipping and handling) to schools. Sponsorships and Scholarships may be available for qualifying schools. One suggestion is for schools to purchase one Spring Season kit and use the money raised from the Plant Sale School Fundraiser to fund future seasons if they can’t find a program sponsor. Contact us for details.


REGULATIONS
Due to Health Department rules, fall harvests grown in the classroom are only to be used as pet food. This is because they consider the classroom to be an insecure growing environment. 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, cherry tomato, and jalapeño plants grown in the classroom since they are not sold as a prepared food.


PREVIOUS SEASONS

Food Growing League 2019-2020
Fall Season
(click links to view results)
CONF
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
MG1A Round 1
Round 2 Round 3
Round 4
Food Growing League 2018-2019
Spring Season
(click links to view results)
CONF
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
BSLA
BSLB
Round 1
Round 2 Round 3
Round 4
Food Growing League 2018-2019
Fall Season
(click links to view results)
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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