All PS102 students will benefit from the EarthBox food garden. They will learn much about plant science and modern methods of growing food in the city, no tillable land required. They will be in good company with other EarthBox SIP gardens like the Googleplex garden in California and their regional office in Manhattan.
Third grade students will also have the opportunity to communicate with students in another country via the TGC network. They will compare notes about their EarthBox SIP gardens as well as learn about each other’s cultures. What a great learning opportunity at such an early age.
There are many schools considering the installation of dirt gardens. Instead, I would highly recommend a TGC EarthBox SIP garden as a much wiser investment of time and money. With SIPs all you need is a sunny space, even if it is on concrete or blacktop.
There is no need to till the ground (which may be contaminated) or rip up a paved surface. SIPs will produce more fresh vegetables per square foot than in-ground or raised bed gardens while conserving water and time. Since they are portable they can even go to homes during summer recess.More widespread publicity and information about The Growing Connection would save many schools from spending a significant amount of money unnecessarily on in-ground gardens that will not produce as much or teach as much as a TGC EarthBox garden.