Vertical Up-Cycled Edible Gardens

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    United States
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The Problem

Our wish for this project is to create a large-scale up-cycled vertical, edible garden wall in the courtyard of the kindergarten classroom on our school campus. We are hoping to transform an empty area into an outdoor living classroom where not only the kindergarten, but other students can enjoy the garden, eat the plants we grow, and connect with nature.

Our Plan

Our school-based Roots & Shoots group has chosen to create an up-cycled vertical, edible garden in the courtyard of the kindergarten classroom on our school campus. We started this project by creating vertical garden prototypes out of reclaimed wood pallets. We built 4-foot tall wooden frames to help us experiment with possibilities for creating a large-scale vertical, edible garden that is suspended from a wall in an open-air courtyard. After coming up with a successful design for suspending the garden, we collected hundreds of plastic smartwater bottles and turned them into containers for soil and plants. We cut openings in the bottles, and poked holes for drainage and to guide recycled mason line through the bottles to suspend them. We will able suspend eight water bottles in each column on the courtyard wall, with seven columns in total. When we have finished constructing the wall, we will fill each both with soil and organic seedlings of vegetables and herbs.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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