#Kits4Kids MicroFarm Project
Updated: May 4
We are proud to support Grow Calgary’s #Kits4Kids program by volunteering to package and distribute the MicroFarm Kits to local families that have registered for the free program!
Grow Calgary is Canada’s largest urban community farm. They are a nonprofit organization that grows fresh produce for social agencies in Calgary with food access programs.Grow Calgary is run entirely by the hard-work of dedicated and passionate volunteers who deeply care about their communities and the access to food –for all. Grow Calgary has had an overwhelmingly positive response to their kits and they are still accepting registrations and donations on their website.
HOW TO USE YOUR KIT:
1. For best results, pre-soak your larger bean seeds in a wet paper towel for a day or two before planting.
2. Moisten the soil by adding about a cup of warm water to the flat.
3. Plant seeds with equal spacing across the entire surface of the flat by lightly covering smaller seeds with soil and pushing larger seeds down about 3/4 of an inch.
4. Re-cover the flat with the plastic dome.
5. Place the flat in a sunny location.
6. Mist with water daily just so the soil stays slightly damp. Try not to over-water.
"Get your children involved with the garden early: they will cherish the experience for the rest of their lives.” -Lois Hole
Children are natural gardeners and watching plants grow is a fun learning experience for them! Planting seeds and growing a garden with kids will teach them how nature works, responsibility in caring for something, an interest in environmental sustainability and pride in themselves for the results.
Now more than ever, parents and caregivers are looking for a way to engage their children and support their at-home learning experiences. "Having a garden at home for your children to explore will cover a range of curriculum learning outcomes and will focus on a range of topics such as “ecosystems, plant growth and change, weather, environmental factors, soil, living things, communities, human activities, patterns, and measurement. Gardens also provide numerous experiences that develop and reinforce inquiry and critical thinking skills such as questioning, making comparisons, and data collection, analysis, and synthesis.” – Excerpt from the “Get Growing” Manual from the Government of Alberta.
#Kits4Kids Project Inspiration:
Be Creative and have fun with your Kits! Don’t forget to tag @GrowCalgary and @CalgaryChangemakerSchool using the hashtag #Kits4Kids when you post your kit!
Parents, try to set up learning opportunities to guide your child and then let them roll with it. See where their interests go and what they might want to explore further.
1. Design your own garden. Consider your location: how much sun exposure, wind and rain this area will get. Use hands on measurements, design the layout, plant types and think about your rows and spacing. Parents, this is a great opportunity to explore numeracy concepts such as Measurement, Area, Perimeter, Multiplication, Addition, Grouping, Patterning, Arrays, Graphing and Data Collection.
2. Take a good look at your seeds. Make an educated guess about which seeds you think you received. Sketch the seed and how you think it will look when it grows. Cut out your picture and use it in your design. Research the shape and size of seeds and try to identify the seeds in your kit.
3. Start a Gardening Journal – sketch and track your goals, progress, challenges and results.
4. Invitation to Play: Set up a Gardening shop – empty seed packets, calculator, dirt, gardening tools, and items from the recycling bin! Have you child explain what a plant needs to survive, work on money skills and just let your child play!
5. As your plants grow, don’t forget to track their progress and start to prepare where you will be transplanting them to. Do you have some pots and containers for the deck? A raised planter bed or a sunny location in a garden bed along the house? Once their roots have grown strong they will be ready to move to a bigger home! Don’t forget you will need to keep your plants indoors until the last frost.
6. Remember that like humans, seeds need water and sunlight! Keep your seeds moist all of the time and make sure they are in a warm and sunny spot. We sure hope you enjoy your #Kits4Kids and have fun exploring some of these projects!
You can support our own not-for-profit organization by visiting www.CalgaryChangemakerSchool.com/support-us
Happy Gardening! Let's all try to get our hands covered in dirt this week!
-Annie and the Calgary Changemaker Team