JCCC Brookridge Community Garden Project 2017
From a tiny seed…
$7,500 will fund a significant phase of the Brookridge Community Garden for "laboratory" development which can be used for the science curriculum, at the elementary school, as well as the kinesthetic component of the Human Pathophysiology course at JCCC. We intend to create educational videos, affordable meal planning, and kid friendly recipes that teach how what you eat, when you are younger, can prevent disease when you are older. Our flipped classroom format is taking pathophysiology into Brookridge Elementary. We intend to address some misconceptions about what it takes to eat healthy and prevent disease.
Our objectives are, but not limited to:
- Purchasing the materials necessary to install and sustain an organic food garden.
- Provide the monies for curriculum development and administration
- Construct an outside "classroom" adjacent to the site
The Brookridge Community Garden is an interactive learning lab developed, in conjunction with Johnson County Community College, by the Garden Club of Brookridge Elementary school, employees, and parents to:
- inspire application based learning and teaching in science
- address the need for proper nutrition in the prevention of disease
- connect, as a community, to address the misconceptions about what it means to "eat healthy"
"You are what you eat" is not just a slogan. It is the reality that we ALL eventually have to deal with if we are to improve our health and ultimately our quality of life. "I think there is good research that shows that nutrition is critical for a child's brain and for concentration and learning at school."
-Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and an American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman.
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Tools of the Trade
Your gift of this amount could allow us to purchase shovels, rakes, hoes, wheel barrels, hoses, and gardening gloves.
Sowing the Seeds of Success
Your gift of this amount could purchase seeds for the vegetable bed
Signs of the Time
We want everyone to know about our project and your donation could allow us to buy a sign. This sign would be placed in a prominent spot in our project so everyone knows what great things are happening here.
When it Rains it Pours
Your gift of this amount could allow us to purchase rain barrels to supplment our water bill. This cost is not just the barrel, but the associated kit which makes it functional.
Fruits of our Labor
Your gift of this amount could allow us to purchase a fruit tree. Since cross-pollination is necessary to get the trees to produce fruit, we are going to need more than one.
Communing with Nature
Your gift of this amount could allow us to purchase picnic tables. These tables would allow students to work on curriculum adjacent to the garden. Laptops and tablets could be brought out without the concern that they will end up on the ground to be stepped on or watered.
The Big Sleep
Your gift of this amount could provide the building materials for one 4'x12' composite construction bed. By constructing the bed from this material, we don't have to worry about disintegration over time or leaching chemicals into the soil.
My Head is Spinning
Your gift of this amount would allow the purchase of a used centrifuge to be used to do soil pH testing. Don't want to burned at the garden stake!
How Dry I Am
Your gift of this amount could pay our water bill for a year. If you haven't noticed, it seems like our state is getting dryer and dryer and our new garden could suffer. Happy plants are hydrated plants.