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Mr. Maldonado from Jersey City NJ is requesting lab equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Grow Healthy Food in our Urban Food Desert

Help me give my students the ability to stomp out food insecurity in our local community by providing us with the tools necessary to start a community garden that would provided much needed fresh vegetables.

  • 28 donors
  • $4,176 goal

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My Project

My students are very motivated young urban farmers. Our project started last year with 2 hydroponics labs that yielded plenty of nourishing vegetables to our school community. Many students came to visit our hydroponics gardens to learn about sustainability, healthy food growth, and to eat the vegetable that were grown in the classroom. Now our mission has expanded beyond the walls of our classroom. Our students want to create several green outdoor spaces were they can grow food for our community.

All of our students live in an Urban area that does not have a lot of healthy food options.

Our students want to grow enough food that can be shared at the school and community level. The goal is to send our students home with healthy food and share with our local food bank.

Mr. Maldonado
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total Mushroom Substrate| Premium Manure, Vermiculite, Coco Coir & Gypsum | 0.2 Micron Filter Mushroom Grow Bag | Mycologist Developed Mushroom Grow Kits • Amazon Business $28.50 20 $570.00
9 PCS Garden Tool Set Kids Gardening Tool Kit for Digging, Planting and Pruning, Gardening Hand Tools with Storage Bag, Ideal Garden Gifts for Men, Women and Any Gardener • Amazon Business $26.09 20 $521.80
Mr IRONSTONE Galvanized Raised Garden Bed Outdoor for Vegetables Flowers Herb, Large Heavy Metal Planter Box Steel Kit with Metal Stake to Fix, 361ft • Amazon Business $49.99 10 $499.90
FOYUEE Galvanized Raised Garden Beds for Vegetables Large Metal Planter Box Steel Kit Flower Herb, 8x4x1ft • Amazon Business $59.99 7 $419.93
Old Potters Organic Peat Moss Organic and Natural Moss for Potted Plants & Seed Starting Improves Soil Quality, Organic Gardening for Indoor and Outdoor use (12 Quart) • Amazon Business $19.99 20 $399.80
Useful Universe Organic Potting Mix Soil for Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers, 8 Quart • Amazon Business $13.99 20 $279.80
LANNIU Garden Tool Set, 9 Piece Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Gardening Tool Set, with Non-Slip Rubber Grip, Storage Pocket, Ideal Garden Tool Kit Gift for Women/Parent • Amazon Business $31.49 5 $157.45
Organic Vegetable Seeds for Planting - 13 Varieties of Non GMO, Non Hybrid, Heirloom Seeds, Open Pollinated Home Garden Seeds - Tomatoes, Kale, Carrots, Broccoli, Arugula, and More • Amazon Business $15.29 10 $152.90
Black Kow Nitrogen Phosphate Composted Cow Manure Fertilizer for Soil, Flowers, Potted Plants, Raised Beds, and Compost Tea, 4 Pounds • Amazon Business $14.80 10 $148.00
Sweet Yards Lettuce Lovers' Organic Seed Variety Pack - 9 Unique Packets of Heirloom Non-GMO USDA Certified Organic Pure Seeds • Amazon Business $12.97 10 $129.70
AHG Garden Weeds 3ft x 300ft / 20 YR Premium Series Landscape Fabric, 3 feet x 300 feet, black • Amazon Business $48.99 2 $97.98
Burloptuous 40"x15 Feet Gardening Burlap Roll - Multipurpose Natural Burlap Fabric, High Density Jute Fiber Material for Decorations, Wedding Table Runners, Center Pieces for Home, Rustic Party Decor • Amazon Business $17.99 5 $89.95

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