Why Grow Our Own Food?
- Students will be able to describe the importance of growing their own food and the importance of their Lab in the community.
Tools & Materials
- SMART Board
The value of each Edible Learning Lab is maximized when it serves its core purpose. Of course, the keystone is to educate young students arming them with the information they need to make healthy life choices moving forward and benefit from a lifelong relationship with food.
But the Lab also represents something else. A production level Lab – one with at least 48 hydroponic towers or substantial growing space outdoors – would be considered by most to be an urban farm. And as a functioning farm, the Lab would also be considered a business.
Your Lab might function as an urban farm selling directly to consumers and restaurants. It could also grow produce for your in-house dining service. Both hold the potential to generate revenue. So whether you are at that stage now or plan to be there after a future expansion, there are some decisions you should consider making today.
Evaluate the merits of each approach – selling to the community or growing specifically for your school – and determine which one is the most financially viable based on potential production. Consider the impact of any future expansion allowing your Lab to produce more.
Give the Advanced lesson a try now that you’ve completed the Intermediate Lesson! Or revisit the Beginner Lesson as needed.
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