The slogan "Fresh from Florida" is more the just a marketing technique; it is a way of life for many Floridians. Florida's agriculture industry is an 8.36-billion-dollar industry, which currently ranks #17 in the nation. Within this industry, we currently hold the top spot in production of 6 different commodities throughout the nation. My goal is to incorporate the area of production agriculture into my grades 7-8 Fundamental of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources students through field trips and a variety of interactive, hands-on, projects in our school's land lab raised gardens.
These lessons will contain a wealth of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math or STEAM curriculum and it will also allow my students to incorporate “Fresh from Florida” into their life.
The students in my program mainly consist of teen zoologist, honors, advanced, Cambridge Academy, and Gifted students. Located in the southern part of Miami-Dade County in Florida, the school is considered a Title I school with 89% of the students on free or reduced lunch and 93% of the school is minority (non-white). However, our school is home to a stellar science-zoo magnet program which is nationally recognized by Magnet Schools of America.
Imagine being able to observe and track the growth of plants and their roots simultaneously! This unique hydroponics system lets my students do just that, while sparking interest and excitement throughout my classroom. My students will be able to develop a unique perspective and get hands-on experience in plant science. Also, my students will learn that seeds are alive and different for each plant. With this hydroponics system my students will be able to use multiple growing methods for their Supervised Agriculture Experiences (SAE) Projects! Students will research the difference between indoor and outdoor plant growth, regular and artificial sunlight, and soil and soil-less growing media. They will also enjoy the benefits of raising plants from seed to adult.
Giving students the knowledge to grow plants indoors is a great way to enhance the organic farm-to-table experience, as well as to promote healthy eating, which we know is an issue in lower-income communities.
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