Food Growing League

Food Growing League 2017-2018
Spring Season [extended]
(click links to view results)
NC1A Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
NC1A Round 5

Now recruiting schools
for Fall Season (Oct-Jan) 2018-2019

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What Teachers are saying…

"I thoroughly enjoy this program and love participating in it all year long"

Stacey Dalton | 4th Grade Teacher at Sugarloaf Elementary -

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 recent “Wave of the future” newspaper article that does a great job explaining how it  helps teach MATH and SCIENCE at one of our participating League schools.

The Food Growing League (FGL) is designed to help with MATH and SCIENCE lessons using 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.

If needed, we’re available throughout the school year to help craft lessons in math or science based on some part of the Food Growing League program. Monthly Score Cards showing students’ competition data can be used to create effective MATH and SCIENCE LABS for students to practice what they’ve learned in class. READING/ENGLISH LABS are currently in development.

crest-cfmp-285The League is an addition to our three year old in class food growing , nutrition, and entrepreneurship program, the Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP). The CFMP has students construct Portable Gardens made out of water bottles. Each month, a different food is grown in competition within the class. The League takes the top five teams from the class and matches them with another school’s top five to find out who has the best Classroom Farmers.

[updated for 2018-2019 Season]
Up to four classrooms can participate using one FGL/CFMP kit as they take turns each month representing their school in the League. The competition can take place during a Fall (Oct-Jan), Spring (Feb-May), or Summer (Jul-Sep) Season. Schools can take part in multiple Seasons in a single school year.

Food Growing League Season Schedule
Fall Oct Nov Dec Jan
Spring Feb Mar Apr May
Summer Jul Aug Sep

The rotation of four different classrooms in a school can go something like Class A grows Tendergreens in October, Class B grows Garden Cress in November, Class C grows Radishes in December, and Class D grows Kale in January. If just two classes participate, then they would each grow two months of the season and so on.

Example of Fall Season Growing Schedule for 1-4 Classes Per School
1 per school Class A Class A Class A Class A
2 per school Class A Class A Class B Class B
3 per school Class A Class B Class C Class C
4 per school Class A Class B Class C Class D

Extra materials are provided so classes can still grow food even when it’s not their turn to compete. The school is only responsible for providing the empty water bottles and scissors. Everything else is provided in the FLG/CFMP kit.

When the number of participating classes is worked out, students in each class are split up into teams of 2 or 3 persons each to grow their month’s food. For example, a class of 20 students equals 10 teams. The harvest weights are recorded to determine the best team in the classroom.  The instructor then sends ReBuildUp a copy of their harvest sheet to compare against other participating classes to find out who has the best growers in the League that month.

Monthly Score Cards in the form of infographics are posted for each match showcasing the best five harvests from the two competing schools  with the heaviest total harvest winning the match.

These infographics can be clicked on and printed out to put up in the classroom for students to review like these here.

There are two matches per round and four rounds per season. Four schools make up a division (e.g. NC1A). The first place class from each division competes in a playoff round at the end of the season to become League Champion.

crest-cfmp-285After all matches take place for the month, the Class Rank and Team Rank for the top 20 competing teams (5 teams per class) per division are shown. Even if a class loses a match, individual teams within that class can still come in first on the Team Rank.

The next round of the following month will have the background of the game map changed to the school color of the #1 Team. An in depth instruction booklet with pictures along with instructor training is provided to bring teachers and students up to speed.

FGL Sponsors can have their logo featured below their sponsored school on the Monthly Score Card infographic. Self-funding schools will have their school or PTA/PTO logo shown in that space in lieu of a sponsor. Schools can also use the League as a fund raiser. If your school cannot self fund, or find a sponsor, we may be able help. Contact us for details.

We look forward to the League encouraging students to apply MATH and SCIENCE in real world applications, grow more greens, and eat healthy. Please consider taking part with your students or as a sponsor.  Feel free to contact us with comments or questions.

Curriculum Development focused on Health and Entrepreneurship