Tower Garden School Curriculum

Fresh vegetables

K-12 PBL/STEM/STEAM Compatible Curriculum

Developed by Seton Hall

Lessons and PowerPoints broken down by grade

Grade 2 & up = 4 lessons

  • Seeds
  • Roots
  • Stems
  • Pollination

Grade 5 & up = 2 lessons

  • Fertilization
  • Leaves

Grade 7 & up = 4 lessons

  • Plant Research
  • Pigments
  • Mineral Nutrition
  • Flavors and Phytochemicals

Classroom Tower Gardens

  • STEM/STEAM Classroom Learning
  • “Cross Pollination”
  • Start with simple crops
  • A tool to allow educators to do what they do best!
  • Champion (volunteer)
  • Assisting in Organizing Classroom and Farm Set Up
  • Supply Ordering
  • Teaching Tower Maintenance
  • Liaison to Tower Support (Horticulture Assistance, etc.)

Planting Seeds Tower Farm

  • Planting Seeds Tower Farm Certification
  • Educational Classroom Tower Gardens
  • Unlimited Heirloom Seed Bank
  • Champion
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • 1–2 Servings of Fresh Produce Per Child, Per Day
  • Create Mentorship/Internship and Job Opportunities
  • Commerce Opportunity through Healthful Fundraisers
  • Reduce Carbon Footprint (98% less water, 90% less space)

Better nutrition = less time out of school

  • Students enjoy, learn and eat
  • Increased test scores (“4% on average” The Atlantic 2018)
  • Special needs and disabled community can contribute
  • Parents participate and teach foundational habits
  • Schools contribute to neighborhood
  • Create mentorship, internship and employment opportunities

From Seed to Harvest

Timeline 18 months to 2 years

1

Obtain school board approval

2

Create a specific scaleable tailored plan for Tower Farm

3

Perform discovery and apply for grants

4

Purchase and begin gardening on classroom educational gardens (with achieved grant money)

5

Identify potential farm locations (logistics)

6

Order farm supplies (with achieved grant money)

7

Train school hired Tower Farmer

8

Implement Tower Farm according to business plan

9

Maintain support from a team of horticulturalists and local school champion

10

Share food and information on “how to” urban farm with the community