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Mrs. Caughran from Savannah GA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Can We Eat That?

My students need a hydroponic gardening tower, seeds, microscope, and environmental books to help them learn about sustainable ways to grow their food.

  • $1,311 goal

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My Students

This project was inspired by Sustainable Urban Agriculture for the Planet and Planting Detroit Solutions for Pollution. Many of my urban students don't realize the impact of food production on the planet. My students will learn how to grow healthy food without a negative impact on the Earth.

I teach at the oldest public Montessori school in Georgia.

The school is PK-8. I am a 7th and 8th grade teacher who specializes in mathematics, but also teaches practical life skills. The adolescent students are called "Erdkinder" by Maria Montessori that means children of the Earth. My students like to work with their hands, but in our urban setting many of them have not had the opportunity to grow their own food from a garden.

My Project

My class needs two hydroponic garden towers that will allow us to have a classroom garden in our limited urban space. This garden will allow my students to experience a sustainable growing process from planting to consumption. The microscopes will help them observe and collect data on the plants they are growing. The books will guide the discussions on what kind of plants would be best for our class. My students will also research the different environmental impacts both human and natural on global food production. As they grow their own healthy food, they will research 'big farming' practices and environmental issues that are not good for food production. They will share their food and findings throughout our building by redelivering their discoveries to the PK-3 grade classes.

My students will gain a deep understanding of sustainable food production and environmental awareness through this gardening opportunity.

Thank you for joining with my class as we teach for the planet. This project will allow my urban middle school students to learn about sustainable food production right in our classroom. Thank you for giving my students this opportunity to GROW!

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Mrs. Caughran
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 96 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Grow Up HGTC Vertical Hydrogarden Deluxe Planter Kit, 2.15-Feet by 4-Feet, Terra Cotta • Amazon $209.99 2 $419.98
USB DIGITAL MICROSCOPE • Frey Scientific $197.99 1 $197.99
Back to the Roots Water Garden • Amazon $59.99 1 $59.99
The New Food Garden • AKJ Books $21.86 1 $21.86
Crop Plants • Nasco $20.55 1 $20.55
The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy • AKJ Books $18.21 1 $18.21
The Upcycle • AKJ Books $17.52 1 $17.52
HM Digital TDS-EZ Water Quality TDS Tester, 0-9990 ppm Measurement Range , 1 ppm Resolution, +/- 3% Readout Accuracy • Amazon $14.25 1 $14.25
General Hydroponics GH1514 Ph Control Kit • Amazon $14.22 1 $14.22
Zziggysgal 12 Pack CERTIFIED ORGANIC Herb Seeds • Amazon $12.70 1 $12.70
Round Glass Magnifier 2 dia., 22.5 magnification • Nasco $4.15 3 $12.45
Generation Green • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Complete Hydroponic Gardening Book: 6 DIY garden set ups for growing vegetables, strawberries, lettuce, herbs and more • Amazon $8.49 1 $8.49
Environmental Engineering and the Science of Sustainability • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Hydroponics for Beginners: The Ultimate Hydroponics Crash Course Guide: Master Hydroponics for Beginners in 30 Minutes or Less! (Hydroponics - ... - Aquaponics for Beginners - Hydroponics 101) • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Reducing Pollution • AKJ Books $6.93 1 $6.93
Managing Water • AKJ Books $6.93 1 $6.93
TickleMe Plant Plant Seed Packet • Nasco $6.70 1 $6.70
SLIDE MAKING SET GLASS • Frey Scientific $5.85 1 $5.85
Plant Labels • Nasco $2.95 1 $2.95
Spray Bottle Only • Nasco $1.95 1 $1.95

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