Food Growing League


What Teachers are saying…

"Great experience for students. Every teacher should give it a try at least once."

Tammie Britt | CTE/FCS Teacher at Leesville Road Middle School -


Food Growing League 2021
Winter Season
(now recruiting for Spring Season)
Starter

Season
Jan
Feb
Mar
Winter

Season
Jan
Feb
Mar
Results will be posted mid-April

Food Growing League 2020
Fall Season
LEAGUE
Oct
Nov
Dec
Click Here for Results


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 at home or 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. In addition to a flexible schedule, growing indoors can help improve your outdoor home and school gardens.

This program has been recently updated to accommodate remote learners.


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GETTING STARTED
Instructors receive box of ReBuildUp Home & Class kits typically during the first week of the season or slightly before giving them time to familiarize themselves with the materials including a printed step by step instruction manual and training videos. The instructor/school is only responsible for providing the new or sterilized empty water bottles, paper towels, and scissors. Everything else is provided in the kit. Players don’t have to grow all the seeds provided to be eligible to compete in each season.


growbuckOnce setup, players grow food in friendly competition in the neighborhood or classroom. During the season, a scoreboard is available for students or the instructor to update with the latest scores to see how well they’re doing against players in their group. Winners are decided by the Harvest Heights recorded on player harvest sheets. At the end of the season, the League takes the top five teams from the best performing school within each school/neighborhood and matches them with the top teams from other groups to find out who has the best Indoor Farmers.

The competition is documented in printable score boards with  rankings based on individual food heights and combined harvest size. A competition video, featuring the Top 4 classrooms from each Division (e.g. Starter Season) is posted also posted.

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.


STARTER SEASON (anytime): Pet Food
First time players receive the Starter Season kit made up of easy to grow micgrogreens. It’s in a player’s second season that they’ll take part in a Winter, Fall, Spring, or Summer season based the time of year they’re participating.


crest-cfmp-285FALL SEASON (Oct-Dec) & WINTER SEASON (Jan-Mar):
Pet Food

Players grow a different microgreen seed each month with winners decided by harvest heights.

After each monthly harvest, the greens can be given to one or more neighbors or fellow 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 neighborhood or school participates).


SPRING SEASON (Mar-May) & SUMMER SEASON (Jul-Sep):
Plant Sale
Players grow garden friendly basil, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños. After heights are recorded, players have the option to transplant plants into individual bottles to sell to other students for GrowBucks (if your school participates), give them away, or let students 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.


crest-cfmp-285PROGRAM COST
Kits are sold at a discount (including shipping and handling) to schools and neighborhoods in some cases. 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.


crest-cfmp-285 REFERRALS
As a “Thank You!” to players and instructors for spreading the word to help us recruit more Neighborhood and School Partners, ReBuildUp will provide an upgraded version of the Bottle Grower called a 3 Top Portable Garden Bin or “PG3” for short. One PG3 is given to the player or instructor for each class they recruit. The “PG3 Mini” is best for growing microgreens in the Fall & Winter Seasons and the “PG3 Tall” helps Spring & Summer Seasons plants grow.

growbuckEither type of PG3 can be used in the League because they don’t give a competitive advantage. Instead, they just make watering easier because all three bottle tops share the same water source saving the player time.


REGULATIONS
Due to Health Department rules, fall & winter microgreen 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 players 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
Spring Season
(click here for previous seasons)
CONF
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
PS1A
PS1B
Conference Results
(Rounds 1-4)

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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