Food Growing League

What Teachers are saying…

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

Tammie Britt | CTE/Family & Consumer Science/FCS Teacher at Leesville Road Middle School -


Food Growing League 2018-2019
Spring Season
(click here for previous seasons)
CONF
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
BSLA
BSLB
Round 1
Round 2 Round 3
Round 4

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 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.

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. Class Ranking for each conference is also posted monthly.

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 can be given to one or more students to use as pet food for their hamsters, turtles, birds, and other small animals.

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

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): Plant Sale School Fundraiser
Starting Spring 2020, students in teams grow basil, cherry tomatoes, and jalapenos for 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 or to other students for GrowBucks (if your school participates). One kit can produce up to 90 plants to sell and/or take home.

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

growbuck HIGHER LEVELS
The League comes with multiple levels to grow the program on campus.  Schools start the League growing Microgreens I in the Fall and/or Basil in the Spring. However, new and more difficult to grow foods are available to expand the program to multiple grade levels. For example, 4th grade can start the program at your school and 5th grade can continue it by growing Microgreens II and Cherry Tomatoes.


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 step by step instruction manual and training videos. 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. Contact us for details.


STUDENT JOB & INTERNSHIP SPONSORS
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Starting in the Fall 2019-2020 Season, listings of Student Jobs & Internships (SJI) will be shown in the FGL Competition Videos, Scorecards, and elsewhere on the  rebuildup.com site.  SJI’s are intended for Middle and High School Students to let them know about local opportunities in their area. And while these openings aren’t available to Elementary Students, it does let 3rd-5th graders know that working hard in school can lead to greater things as they get older. 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 unsecured 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 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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