CONCORD | Produce grown by students at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center is helping to feed the homebound of Cabarrus County. A special partnership to donate the vegetables grown as part of the youth development center’s horticulture program sprouted in October between Cabarrus County Meals on Wheels, the youth development center and 100 Gardens LLC, a Charlotte-based initiative working to connect the area community to struggling communities in Haiti. Sam Fleming from 100 Gardens modeled this partnership upon a similar collaboration in Charlotte between Friendship Trays and Friendship Gardens….read more
The aquaponics operation at Garinger High School has begun! Students will be managing and operating the aquaponics system that will produce 180 servings of leafy greens per week and 300 lbs of catfish for by next may for Friendship Trays. The aquaponic system will also provide hands on learning opportunities for the students. Ongoing costs and additional maintenance is providing by Friendship Gardens.
The 100 Gardens Experiential Learning Development Team (Including teachers from Garinger, West Meck, CPCC and growing) is currently developing experiential learning activities that align NC essential standards with activities relating to aquaponics. This may include but is not limited to AP Environmental Science, Statistics, Functions and Advanced Modeling, World and US History, Visual and Graphic Arts, Culinary arts, Business and Marketing. This is an ongoing process and will evolve through collaboration.
Today the AP Environmental Science class, led by Nemal Patel, tested an recorded critical water quality parameters, recorded the amount of fish feed administered, and seeded 250 lettuce plants. Over the course of the year, several classes will perform activities that relate to their specific standards.
The students are excited about growing food for those who need it the most, and are having a blast learning by doing. Stay tuned for updates…
Great video interviews from all partners involved in the Garinger High Urban Farm. Thanks to Friendship Gardens and Bobbie Mabe, this project is attracting a lot of attention and making an impact on the school. Check out the video to see what’s happening!