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Food Production in Motion project:

Date 30th June 2018: La Horquetta Health Fair & Community Outreach [Arima district]

Activity: Survey to sensitize the community about the benefits of consumption of chemical-free crops, as well as gauge the acceptance of establishment a community garden

Impact: Over 50 adults and youth sensitized 

Evidence: 50+ surveys with responses and pictures of the event 

Food Production in Motion project:

Date 8th July 2018: IDB Cheer Fair: Fun can make a Difference [ Arima district]

Activity: Survey to sensitize the community about the benefits of consumption of chemical-free crops, as well as gauge the acceptance of establishment a community garden

Impact: Over 50 adults and youth sensitized

Evidence: 60+ surveys with responses and pictures of the event 

Planting Seeds Project: 

Date 20th February 2019: Outreach at Santa Rosa Government Primary School 

Topics: Vermiculture composting and Urban home gardening

Impact: Over 100 children sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned.

Evidence: Capable of building their own soil mix (with vermiculture compost) and transplanting a lettuce seedling (which was kept for personal care at home).

Planting Seeds Project:

Date 8th March 2019: Outreach with 4H Club teachers at the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

Topics: Vermiculture composting and Aquaponic systems (inclusive of plant and fish care)

Impact: Over 20 4H teachers sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned.

Evidence: Capable of building their own seed starter mix (with vermiculture compost), seeding seedling trays, transplanting various types of green leafy vegetables into an available aquaponics system onsite and undertaking water testing of this system.

Planting Seeds Project:

Date 13th April 2019: Outreach at The Lion's Club of Chaguanas Community Outreach Fair

Topics: Urban home gardening [Importance regarding Physical, Mental and Emotional Health/ Wellbeing, Plant Identification, Creation of soil mixes using vermicompost and Transplanting]

Impact: Over 150 community members (including children) sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned. Over 1000 seeds and seedlings distributed.

Evidence: Capable of building their own soil mix (with vermiculture compost) and transplanting a variety of seedlings (which were kept for personal care at home).

Planting Seeds Project:

Date 17th April 2019: Outreach at The Arima Public Library

Kids were mainly exposed to:

ORGANIC FERTILIZER- 1. Importance of earthworms and their role in vermicomposting, 2. Plant nutrient requirements for optimal growth, 3. Types of materials used when building vermicompost bins, ratios and layering process, 

NURSERY OPERATIONS- 1. Importance of having a good starter mix, 2. Plant (seeds and seed sources) material used for optimal nursery operations, 3. Types of materials used when building starter mixes, ratios and techniques when placing the mix and seeds into the seedling trays

GROW OUT OPERATIONS  & VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS- 1. Importance of using the scientific process as well as their senses to identify and critically assess common herbs, vegetables and fruits used in gardening 2. Plant life cycles (from seed, to seedling to marketable product) via the use of natural fertilizer, and chemical free plant protection products 3. How value can be safely added to products (herbs, vegetables and fruits) to increase their marketability (towards fostering entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation) 4. Indicators of a healthy seedling 5. Soil ratios and techniques to create an optimal grow out mix 6. Care when handling seedlings for the purposes of transplanting 7. Aftercare for seedlings

Impact: 25 kids aged 7-11 years sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned

Evidence: 1. Capable of building their vermicompost bins, 2. Creating their own starter mix (using vermiculture compost) and planting a variety of seeds into seedling trays, 3. Successful identification of mystery plants (prizes awarded), and transplanting a variety of seedlings (which were kept for personal care at home).

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 8th May 2019: Week 1 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Handling and Care for Rabbits

Impact: Over 50 Standard 3 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned. One hutch (with accessories) and one rabbit left onsite at the school for continued application of learning.

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving (i) Knowledge of the functional parts of a suitable hutch, (2) Use of equipment when caring for a rabbit, 3. Feeds and feeding for optimal health, as well as 4. Handling and overall care.

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 15th May 2019: Week 2 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Vermicomposting

Impact: Over 50 Standard 2 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topic aforementioned. One vermicompost bin left onsite at the school for continued application of learning.

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving 1. Vermicomposting and its benefits, 2. Equipment used in creating a vermicompost bin (with creation of their own group bins), 3. Feeds and feeding for optimal health of the bin, 4. Harvesting techniques

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 22nd May 2019: Week 3 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Hydroponics

Impact: Over 50 Standard 3 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topic aforementioned. One hydroponic system left onsite at the school for continued application of learning.

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving 1. Hydroponics and its benefits, 2. Equipment used in establishing a hydroponic system (with creation of their own PVC masterpieces), 3. Exposure to common herbs cultured in hydroponic systems, 4. Feeds and feeding of plants for optimal health of the hydroponic system, 5. Prepping seedlings for successful transplanting into the hydroponic system.

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 29th May 2019: Week 4 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Aquaponics

Impact: Over 50 Standard 2 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topic aforementioned. One aquaponics system left onsite at the school for continued application of learning.

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving 1. Aquaponics and its benefits, 2. Equipment used in creating an aquaponic system (with creation of their own PVC masterpieces), 3. Exposure to common green herbs cultured in aquaponic systems, 4. Feeds and feeding of plants and fish for optimal health of the aquaponic system, 5. Prepping seedlings and fingerlings for successful transfer into the aquaponic system; with some fish handling and anatomy and 6. Basic water quality testing and analysis using an API test kit.

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 6th June 2019: Week 5 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Greenhouse design and Nursery operations

Impact: Over 50 Standard 3 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topic aforementioned. One greenhouse left onsite at the school for continued application of learning.

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving 1. Plant nursery operations and its benefits, 2. Equipment used in creating a plant nursery (prepping for creation of their own Greenhouse), 3. Exposure to common seeds cultured in plant nurseries, 4. Feeds and feeding of seeds for optimal growth into seedlings in a plant nursery, 5. Prepping seed trays with starter mix and seeds for successful transfer into the plant nursery

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 14th June 2019: Week 6 (of 6 weeks) at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Value added Agriculture products

Impact: Over 50 Standard 2 students sensitized to the hands on aspects of topic aforementioned. 

Evidence: Successful completion of workbook and practical activities involving 1. Value added Agri- operations and its benefits, 2. Importance of food safety equipment and procedures 3. Exposure to making mango and pineapple chow using ingredients grown throughout the project (for sale at the parents' open day) 4. Exposure to creating a suitable potting mix, transplanting seedlings and decorating plant pots (for sale at the parents' open day).

Planting Seeds Project: Under the Trees...

Date 15th June 2019: Parents' Open Day & Mural Event at Aranguez TIA Primary School

Topics: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable livelihoods

Impact: Over 100 Standard 2s and 3s sensitized to the hands on aspects of topics aforementioned.

Evidence: 1. Appreciation that revenue can be generated from value added products [innovative and entrepreneurial spirit], 2. Outputs of learning can be tied to industry, 3. Open air activities afford a more relaxed environment focused learning and can be used to as a forum to generate interest in community gardens & training in parents 4. Creativity and art can be used to reinforce topics.

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