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Indoor Gardening Club: Grow Vegetables for Salads in 7 Days

Peter Burke, BA Ecology & Agriculture
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(267)
Learners will meet up weekly to plant an indoor garden and grow salad greens that they can harvest in as little as 7 days while reflecting science concepts and cooking skills.

Class experience

Students will be able to plant their own tray of sprouts and nurture them to maturity. They will learn the three ingredients to any happy plant: soil, water, and sunlight. 

Students will explore a rolling list of themes that relate to sprouting. They will learn how plants grow, how plants nurture us, and what plants can teach us about being alive. 
I studied agriculture and ecology in my self-designed major at Hampshire College. I am familiar with the homeschooling pedagogy from my own experience searching for alternative education models for my undergraduate degree. I have presented at organic farming conferences about soil grown sprouts, managed farms and gardens professionally, and taken several natural farming workshops. I am a self-described ecology nerd and take pride in knowing the local plants and animals of my region. I have taken many plant walks with professional herbalists and I am familiar with the wild edible and medicinal plants of New England. 
Learners will need some help to acquire the following: 

- Seeds 
- Jar 
- Seive 
- Tray 
- Soil 
- Newspaper
- Cupboard 
- Windowsill 

Optional (suggested for committed sprouters): 
- liquid organic fertilizer, such as Neptunes Promise seaweed emulsion 

Where to buy the non-household items: 
A stop at your local Agway or similar farm & garden supply store should satisfy the majority of your sprouting needs. Amazon links are also included for reference. 

For seeds, Black Oil Sunflower seeds sold as birdseed are often the easiest option. Other great sprouting seeds are: field peas, buckwheat, or radish. These seeds are often available in bulk for agricultural purposes. 

For trays, I often use aluminum bread loaf trays which are available at most dollar stores, but a cereal bowl or a Tupperware can also work fine. The tray shouldn't have holes in the bottom. 

For soil, regular potting soil which you would use for houseplants will work -okay-. I would suggest using regular potting soil if you are trying the class and aren't sure if you will keep sprouting. Sometimes there are problems with mold because of the fertilizers in normal houseplant potting soils. The best option is a blend of peat moss and perlite without any added fertilizers, an example of which is linked below. 

Seeds: https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Black-Oil-Sunflower-Seed/dp/B08ZFQRVFM/ref=asc_df_B08ZFQRVFM/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=532827065901&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11917753839784493919&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003076&hvtargid=pla-1375919044710&psc=1

Trays: https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Loaf-Pans-Pack-8x4/dp/B07N6MNVFR/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=aluminum+bread+loaf+trays&qid=1629928067&sr=8-2

Soil: https://www.amazon.com/Carnivorous-Natural-Ingredients-Sundews-Pitcher/dp/B07T85C17V/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1&keywords=peat+moss+perlite+potting+soil&qid=1629928345&sr=8-19

Here is an all-inclusive kit which I have never tried before but does include all of the basic ingredients. The seeds included are spicy so not the best for kids:
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Optional Book: 
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days 
By Peter Burke 

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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(267)
Biology was my favorite subject in high school, but the textbook curriculum left me with many unanswered questions about the natural world. My specialty is teaching advanced natural sciences using metaphor and an interactive teaching style that... 
Group Class


1x per week
40 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-12
1-9 learners per class

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