Seed-Bees: A great way for a school to raise funds via a project that has
In 2013, a "Seed-bee" was prototyped at Patrick Henry
Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia. Students were provided with a
hand-out from which to select vegetables they wanted
to grow. On the seed-bee day, they showed up with egg cartons
(picture) in which the desired seeds were written on the
carton inside top above the egg slots. Starting soil was gathered with students
plucking seeds from containers. A few months later, letters were received
from the students (posted in left column).
Benefits of a seedbee are numerous.
Student learning and applying a wide-range of skills in selecting seeds,
writing selections, plucking seeds, watering and nurturing seeds to maturity.
An appreciation of life and the planet can be instilled by growing food rather
than merely opening a can of food. Students will have an additional focus
of discussion and comparison.
Parent-child interaction in a new venue can strengthen those bonds as well
as another opportunity for the parent to practice "No" as well as develop
household duties whereby to gradually introduce the child to the joys of
graduating from the college of hard "No's."
Food prices at the store will have less inflationary pressure as homes grow
more food, more healthier food. (Also, one's drive for "shop-till-ya-drop"
angst reduction will be ameliorated by a "grow-till-ya glow" warm and fuzzy
feeling. For more happiness and a fatter savings account, give up the rat
race for the root race.
School PTA's can receive hundreds if not thousands of dollars from a seed-bee
like a bake sale. As any home gardener knows, one buys a seed pack for a
few dollars that contains more seeds than one wants to plant.
A seed pack klsells for between two or three dollars and often contains hundreds
of seeds. Selling the seeds individually reduces the waste which occurs when
a person purchases a whole p
How an on-line seedbee works:
How to organize a Seed Bee for your school:
PTA or Principle signs up school.
Why has Timism initiated and implemented Seed-bees?
The general "Benefits of a seedbee are numerous" lists many reasons.
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