Looking for a way to inspire your middle school students about science, nutrition, farming, sustainability and organics?
Monmouth Conservation Foundation is proud to announce the next phase of the Kids for Conservation program that inspires Middle School’s in Monmouth County to bring Tower Gardens to their students. Tower Gardens will spark the curiosity and excitement of students about growing healthy, fresh, organic foods such as herbs, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes through sustainable practices while the classroom receives an innovative, educational tool and program to meet the New Jersey Science Standards through STEM education.
Tower Gardens employ aeroponic technology to grow plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow nutrient-rich produce. This form of growing uses 98% less water than traditional agriculture while growing organic produce 30% faster. During the 2018/2019 school year, MCF will donate five aeroponic growing towers to five Middle Schools in Monmouth County.
Why Tower Gardens?
To adapt to our changing climate, students must learn to think critically about alternative solutions/options to traditional farming that reduce the impact of human actions that negatively impact our environment. Aeroponic growing methods provide a lens through which to examine sustainable uses of natural resources, think critically about organic food production and learn the importance of healthy nutrition.