Growing food helps students learn where food comes from and may spark interest in eating vegetables, fruit and other nutritious plant foods. Outdoor school gardens have the added bonus of increasing physical activity and a sense of community. Plant any type of edible garden (indoor or outdoor) to earn this badge.
Ask students if they know where food comes from, and if they have any experiences growing food. Talk to them about what it means to grow food and try to get them excited about the possibilities!
Growing food might seem like a big undertaking but it is made easier (and more rewarding) with lots of help. Talk to members of the school community to find out what they think about the idea and to see what they can offer (e.g. gardening tools, soil, plants and seeds, gardening expertise, etc.). Be sure to check out the Helpful Tools and Activities for this badge.
One of the main benefits of any garden is the harvest of fresh, nutritious plant foods! Students will be more open to trying these foods (now or in the future) if they are involved in all aspects of the growing process. Include at least one activity that extends the garden experience (e.g. link to curriculum, prepare the food to eat, offer taste-testing, etc.) to earn this badge.
Hands-on gardening activities are a blast for students and the possibilities are endless! You can plant seeds in the classroom and then move outside to plant in the ground. Try one or more of the following fun garden ideas to get everyone excited about edible gardens, or come up with your own creative idea(s).