8 Reasons Every School Should Have A Garden

July 20, 2017

We are THRILLED to announce that another school garden is in the process of being set up! The students and teachers at Westside Elementary in Volusia County, FL. are working together to set up and plant 16 FarmDaddy Self Watering Containers. This school garden is set on a spacious property where kids can get their hands dirty and experiment with different types of growing systems. They have done an AWESOME job and we are excited to see the outcome of their hard work!

At FarmDaddy we highly encourage local schools to set up gardens. We strongly believe they offer numerous benefits to students, teachers, parents and the local community who are involved. 

8 Benefits of School Gardens

1. Builds Teamwork

Working together with other students and teachers can foster good relationships inside and outside of the classroom. They provide the perfect environment to build a sense of community and social development which will become a needed life long skill.

2. Exercise, Sunshine & Fresh Air

Oh Yes! Getting OUTSIDE beats sitting in a classroom ANY day! Kids have the opportunity to get their hands dirty!  They are able to expend some pent up energy that is helpful for them to be able to focus more efficiently in the classroom. Research has shown that being outside breathing fresh air can increase calmness and elevate mood. 

According to Ather Ali, ND, MPH, assistant director of Complementary/Alternative Medicine Research at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center "Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.” 

Last but not least, we all know the many benefits of vitamin D or AKA the "Sunshine Vitamin". Some of these include: normalizing the immune system, the growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. 

3. Creates Living Classrooms Without Walls

Kids learn about plants as well as the science behind how they grow.  They learn what seasons to plant particular fruits and vegetables in as well as how to identify different types of plants. Gardening provides a "hands on" approach to learning that simply can't be achieved as easily through a text book. Another plus, a study from Rutgers Cooperative Extension show the students who participate in gardening have a considerable increase in grade point average.

4. Builds Anticipation

The excitement of waiting and watching to see a little seed sprout or a transplant grow and produce is an experience they will not forget!  Witnessing the miracle of a plant growing gives kids hope and provides them with something to look forward to. 

5. Brings Satisfaction

How REWARDING it is for a child to see their hard work pay off during harvest time! How SATISFYING it is to be able to taste the sweet tomatoes they have planted and watched sprout and grow! There is nothing that can replicate that "fresh from the garden" taste, nor the feeling of achievement it brings to have been a part of the process. 

6. Teaches Valuable Life Lessons

There are so many great analogies and life lessons that can be attained through spending time in nature and by growing a garden. Even something simplistic as "What you feed grows" can translate into so many areas of a child's relational and scholastic life. As we all know it takes time for a garden to grow and blossom but with care and tending it can become something magnificent!

7. Encourages Self Sustainability

Kids learn they don't have to be totally dependent on their local grocery store but rather can become self sufficient.  Students gain invaluable gardening knowledge that can be  passed down to future generations. They learn they can control what goes onto the food they eat. 

8. Builds Self Esteem

If you have ever had a child who struggles academically or has physical challenges you know too well how difficult that can be both for the parent and the student. Having an outlet or hobby such as gardening can be therapy for any student providing them hope and building their sense of worth, self esteem and accomplishment as they see the fruit of their labor.

Does your school have a school garden? We would love to hear about it in your comments below!


If you want to find out more information about setting up a garden,  please contact us at: www.farmdaddy.com. or call us at 407-310-8270.

We are  offering a LIMITED TIME "Back To School Promo"  for schools interested in setting up a student garden for the 2017-2018 school season. This is the PERFECT time to begin setting up a garden as Fall planting season is FAST approaching! 

Article by: Kimberly Bailey

 

WOW! Thank you John & Kim for sending pictures of your FarmDaddy Garden!

"Last year, we purchased 4 FarmDaddies for a container garden.  I've attached a photo of our plantings.  I cannot say enough about how easy there were to set up, and self-maintain.  We attached the first FarmDaddy to a rain barrel and they literally took care of themselves from day 1. 

We grew oregano (which lasted through the winter and is now in its second season), tomatoes, peppers, and basil.  My only concern was that the plants grew so well, your recommendation for number of plants/farmdaddy was too high.  My bell peppers were so healthy, we harvested them until late November."

"We were so pleased with how they performed, we purchased 3 more this year and expanded our garden."

"The cucumbers and tomatoes are growing so big and fast that we had to build a PVC support for them. We love our FarmDaddies!"

 

FarmDaddy Garden Before & After Pictures

A Satisfied Customer Sent Us These Before & After Pictures

"My daughter-in-law is beside herself!  She can finally farm the land in her back yard is Gainesville".

BEORE FARMDADDY......

AFTER FARMDADDY!!!

Easy, Tasty & Delicious FarmDaddy Egg Casserole

Looking for an easy but tasty casserole for make-ahead breakfasts or a quick, cozy dinner?  Here is one that you may want to try!

 

15 med eggs or 12 large eggs

1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 TBSP Olive oil

1 jalapeño (seeds removed and adjusted to your taste for heat)

1 red bell pepper

1/2 green bell pepper

1 onion

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 cup Arrowhead Mills Organic Grits (prepared with 4 cups of water according to box directions)

1 TBSP butter (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook grits according to directions . Add salt to taste and 1 tablespoon of butter (optional).  Pour grits into a greased 9X11 pan and smooth until level.

Sauté onions, bell peppers and jalapeño in 3 tbsp of olive oil until tender. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl whip eggs until yolks and whites are thoroughly blended. Add in sautéed vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly add mixture on top of the grits. Top with 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.

Bake egg casserole for 25 minutes. Add remaining cheese and bake 2-3 more minutes until melted and knife or toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Variations: Crumbled bacon, spinach, mushrooms or basil can be added to egg mixture. Salsa makes a delicious topping.

FarmDaddy Raw Collard Green Salad

Inspired by a FarmDaddy Customer

FarmDaddy Raw Collard Green Salad 1
FarmDaddy Raw Collard Green Salad 2

Ingredients:

FarmDaddy Raw Collard Green Salad 3

1 bunch collard greens, washed

1/2 cup olive oil

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup raw sugar - or to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

1 cup walnuts

1 cup cranberries

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained

 

Directions:

Remove ribs and stems from collards. Dry collards and stack on top of one another. Roll collards into a cigar shape. Slice very thin using a serrated knife. Place into large bowl. Add olive oil to collards, work thoroughly into greens with hands or a wooden spoon. 

Thinly slice red onions using  a "v-slicer" or mandoline for best results. Mix apple cider vinegar and sugar together. Mix until sugar granules are dissolved.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Place red onions into apple cider vinaigrette and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes. 

Add red onions/apple cider vinaigrette into the collards greens along with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese. Gently combine ingredients.  Top with mandarin oranges and serve.

 

 

 

See Keith's FarmDaddy Garden

"Thanks FarmDaddy for every dinner is a salad surprise"

"Thanks FarmDaddy for every dinner is a salad surprise"

 We always love to see pictures of our client's gardens and to hear their success stories! Thank you Keith for submitting this picture of your garden.  It looks GREAT and we are thrilled you are enjoying the benefits from your FarmDaddy containers!  We had another great show this past weekend at Botanica in Port Saint Lucie, FL. We will be at the Botanical Fest,  Saturday, March 5th (9am-4pm)  held on the Florida Tech Campus. See you there!

FarmDaddy Chicken Coop

This past fall, we started a new venture of raising chickens for the production of fresh, healthy, organic eggs.  Our flock is now up to 22 in number comprising 3 varieties of chickens.  We have 3 roosters,  4 Lacewing Wyandotte hens , 13 Barred Rock hens and 2 Rhode Island Red hens. We have discovered that they are very fascinating animals with distinct personalities. They even recognize our voices from afar!

Since FarmDaddy is located in a rural area, there were several coop design features that were important to us. Our coop needed to be spacious as well as a fortress for our chickens to be safe from predators such as bears, coyotes, raccoons, gators, hawks and eagles. To insure protection of our flock, we built this coop using heavy duty materials such as cattle panels, wire and hardware cloth.

We wanted our flock to have daily access to fresh pasture and sunlight.  Our coop was designed to be able to be easily moved from one spot on the pasture to another every 3-4 days. One unique feature is that it has retractable wheels.  This mobility allows our chickens to scratch and forage to their hearts desire without damaging the land. The quality of the pasture is improved by the droppings they produce.

The cedar roost boxes mounted along the back of the coop have drop doors to access eggs and aid in cleaning the nest boxes without having to enter the coop.  Our design includes an automated feeder and watering system that are accessible from outside/backside of the coop.

Our little flock enjoys pasture grass, organic chicken feed, and especially the daily gleanings from the FarmDaddy garden. 

Heading out to the pasture for the first time.

Heading out to the pasture for the first time.

Here is a picture of the inside of the coop just prior to introducing the first of our flock.

Here is a picture of the inside of the coop just prior to introducing the first of our flock.

Here is a shot of the automated chicken nipple watering system.

Here is a shot of the automated chicken nipple watering system.

Checking out the nest boxes by our experts!

Checking out the nest boxes by our experts!

Coop design plans are available for those who are interested.  Contact us at 407-310-8270 for more details.

FarmDaddy for Seniors at Health Central Park

PLANTING DAY

PLANTING DAY

7  WEEKS LATER

7  WEEKS LATER

Another great day setting up a garden in the courtyard of Health Central Park in Winter Garden. FarmDaddy donated 6 boxes for the seniors at this facility. The containers were elevated for ease of reach for planting and harvesting. A special thank you to Judy Skilton, Director of Recreational Therapy & Volunteer services and Mike Buie for their help and assistance in making the day a success! 

FarmDaddy joins forces with Air Mobile Ministries

FarmDaddy Air Mobile Ministries

SelfRandy Porter, the creator of the FarmDaddy Self-Watering Garden Container – a revolutionary new gardening product – has joined forces with Joe Hurston of Air Mobile Ministries of Merritt Island, FL – providing impoverished communities in Haiti the ability to self-provide basic food and water needs.  Self-sufficiency is a key to survival in any economic situation, something that Mr. Porter and Mr. Hurston strive to help the people of Haiti master.

Several flights of baby food, diapers, formula, baby clothes, medical supplies, the Air Mobile Rescuer Water Purification System and now the FarmDaddy Gardening System are taken to Haiti on a regular basis.  In fact, Air Mobile Ministries have flown to over 40 countries transporting goods to those in need.  But the real story behind every flight is the people whose lives are uplifted and changed.  Clean water, food, medicines and baby care items are the most in demand for many communities.  It’s been 6 years since the earthquakes hit Haiti in 2010 and still there are vast amounts of people without the basic necessities of life.

“The idea that food comes from a supermarket or a store is a new idea.  People used to take care of themselves, they lived off the land.  Food was in the backyard not on an aisle.  We need to help people return to their roots, so to speak”, stated Randy Porter in a recent interview.  With A FarmDaddy Self-Watering Garden Container and a Rescuer, we can sustain life.  We can provide basic sustenance to those that so desperately need it.  After we’re gone, with basic instruction, this continuing supply of food and clean water can make a real difference in people’s lives.

Air Mobile Ministries and FarmDaddy are seriously committed towards helping communities become self-sufficient; bringing supplies to people in need.  We invite you to get involved in helping with the relief of those in need.

Article posted by Kaitlyn Murray