Seedsheets Create Sustainable Gardens in Schools
Growing gardens at schools increases fruit and vegetable consumption by at least 20%. At Seedsheet, we aim to make growing food easier for everyone, including teachers and students. We recently visited a few local schools to talk about Seedsheets and starting gardens.
"A Garden is Not an Educational Garden Unless it is a Productive Garden"
One issue we see in schools is that more time is spent on the growing process rather than the outcome. To achieve the largest impact with students, they need to see the end result--actually pulling a giant carrot out of the ground or picking a ripe tomato off of the vine. Plant Seedsheets in the spring, and you'll have a weedless, organic garden bursting with fresh produce by fall.
As a local elementary school teacher said, “A garden is not an educational garden unless it is a productive garden”.
Business and Entrepreneurship
Some of the schools we work with are growing produce for their cafeteria. In one local high school greenhouse, they are testing the Seedsheet vs. seeding by hand. It took 6 students one hour to seed the 12ft bed by hand, and only 2 students 45 seconds to plant the 12ft Seedsheet. By saving this time planting, they are able to spend more time learning as well as yield a substantial harvest to sell to the school meal program. These students are running their own business out of the greenhouse, while learning about growing food and entrepreneurship.
We developed a fundraiser program to help schools and non-profits raise money by selling gardens. Here are some benefits of selling Seedsheets:
- Send a healthier message to kids and the community by selling organic gardens rather than candy
- Seedsheets are much easier to manage and distribute than potted plants
- With a 1-year shelf life, you can sell Seedsheets any time of the year--even for a winter holiday fundraiser to give the gift of a garden
Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a fundraiser.
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On the Grow it Forward section of our website, we feature the 4’ Pizza Seedsheet, shaped like a pizza. This was developed for kids to learn how to grow their own pizza toppings. For every Pizza Seedsheet sold, we donate one to a school or non-profit organization.