Nutritious Life Garden & Science Program provides young people an opportunity to grow their own food, learn how to prepare meals with the food, and donate and/or sell food to their local community.
Young people will also create the atmosphere of the garden by decorating garden beds, creating wall murals, rock gardens and more!
The Garden Science curriculum will focus on three content areas. Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, and Plant and Human Interconnectedness. Through exploration and curiosity in the garden, young people will acquire a deeper understanding of the plants, their structures and all the amazing adaptations they have devolved to allow them to thrive on Earth. Young people will also gain a deeper understanding of human nutrition and our essential dietary requirements. And to synthesis their knowledge of plants and humans, young people will gain a deeper understanding of plants and humans interconnection. The content areas will address the following topics through experiences through experimentation, observations, and curiosity of natural phenomenon that occur in the garden.
Plant - Young people will embark on the study of plants physical structures and their function. Young people will also analyze plants natural defense against predators, while gaining understanding of plant life cycle, germination, and photosynthesis
Nutrition- Young people will embark on the study of nutrients humans need to promote overall health. Young people will categorize and analyze edible vegetation and the macromolecules they provide humans. Also young people will use plants unique characteristics to create remedies for minor discomforts and ailments.
Plant and Human interconnectedness- Young people will analyze of how plants and animals need each other to survive through acquisition of a deeper understanding of the carbon cycle, carbon emissions, pollination, nitrogen fixation, and climate change. Young people will construct their own understanding and relationship with plants that are based on experiences, analysis, facts, research, and data.
Program begins October 4th, 2020.
Gardening Pods consist of 4-5 young people and are required to meet once a week.
Students are required to wear a face masks and closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen is suggested.