Discover how urban gardening can help build and foster healthy friendships and communities around food. Understand what it is like to live in "food deserts," and how urban gardens can help address that problem. Delve into this Exploration Guide for students in middle school for stories of urban gardening in communities around the world, then get some ideas and resources for how you can get your hands dirty!
In this story, meet people of varying ages and backgrounds who transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. Take a look at the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter- what do they tell you about the characters? Why is the community garden so important to the characters in this book?
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In this documentary, you’ll hear inspiring stories of intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food.
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Plant This Movie
This video explores urban farming around the world, from Havana, Cuba to cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima. What are some similarities between the cities featured in this film and Seattle?
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FEEST | Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team
FEEST is an organization led by youth of color in South Seattle and South King County working to improve health in our schools, focusing on the need for more healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant foods at school. Can you think of a time when you shared a meal with a friend and ate something you had never had before? Have you had the opportunity to share a favorite or special meal of yours with a friend? How would you describe that experience?View FEEST | Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team
Toolkit for Gardeners | Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Check out this great web resource for learning how to start a garden in the Pacific Northwest. This can be your go-to resource when you start gardening, whether in a community garden or one in your own home.View Toolkit for Gardeners | Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Container Gardening | Washington State University
Can you identify something in your home right now that you can use to make a small garden? How about a yogurt or sour cream container? Just punch a few holes in the bottom and fill it with soil and you can start your garden today.View Container Gardening | Washington State University
Regrowing Food From Kitchen Scraps | Modern Gardener | PBS
This video will show you how to grow veggies from scraps using common household items. Is there something in your refrigerator or a veggie scrap from your dinner that you can use? How long do you think it will take for new roots to develop? Go play with your food!View Regrowing Food From Kitchen Scraps | Modern Gardener | PBS
Smell You Later! | Britannica Library Young Adults
Get step-by-step instructions for planting and growing herb plants such as mint, basil, sage and chives, indoors. Observe your plantings everyday and note the changes. Are there days when you don’t see any changes? Do different herbs take longer to germinate (start to grow) than others? Once there are several leaves on the plant(s), snip one off. Does it have a distinct smell or taste? If you planted more than one type of herb, can you smell or taste the difference between these herbs?View Smell You Later! | Britannica Library Young Adults
Soil Your Undies Challenge | NRCS Oregon
Did you know that a quick and dirty way to test your soil health is by "planting" a pair of cotton underwear in the site you're curious about? It shows how microbes can quickly and almost completely destroy a pair of undies. How long do you think it will take to destroy your underwear? Try doing the Soil Your Undies Challenge.View Soil Your Undies Challenge | NRCS Oregon