John from goes on a field trip to Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach Florida to learn how they are teaching kids to grow food. In this episode, you will learn about some of the sustainable ways they are using including collecting rain water, composting, and re-using commonly discarded items to grow food. You will also discover the two ways they are growing food in a vertical hydroponic system and using square foot gardening in a raised bed. After watching this episode, you have a better understanding of what they are growing and what crops you can grow sucessfully in South Florida.
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Miniature gardening is a great way to introduce kids to this activity, especially if you don’t have any land for them to dig in. I’m going to show you two mini gardens I made along with the steps to their creation.

Kid’s gardening projects have to be fast and fun to hold their attention. With miniature gardening, we’re talking instant gratification. They can choose a theme for their mini masterpiece to be (or no theme is fine too) and then shop around or scavenge through the garage to find the accessories and accents. After it is made, they can maintain it and the project lives on. Not only to they get to dig a bit in the dirt but they learn how to keep it going and growing.

I grew up on a small farm in Litchfield County, Connecticut with lots of acres, a greenhouse and both flower and vegetable gardens. My dad started most of our crops by seed and I was soon helping out in the garden at age 3. For me, gardening was and still is a way of life but many kids don’t grow up this way. It’s such a great activity because it teaches them how to respect the earth, imparts a love for nature, gets them outdoors and active, gives a glimpse of how everything works together in our ecosystem and most of all, shows that food does not grow in freezers of supermarkets.

There is a blog post with tips & photos, also entitled “Miniature Gardening For Kids”, to go along with this video. Please check it out at:

Our blog, Garden Gluttony, is full of pictures, all things garden, how to’s, inspirations & more. We call it a “feast for all senses”!
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Teaching Kids Vertical Hydroponic Growing & Raised Bed Gardening at Pine Jog School in South Florida

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  • HydroponicClassroom

    This is a really good video! I like people who spread the word and teach some hydroponics! we are trying to do the same ! if you want to learn some more check out our website hydroponicclassroom . com thanks!

  • Monster Bear

    I want a water collection system like that.

    I also think schools should build SIP's, aka wicking beds. They are awesome, more expensive, but allow great gardening.

  • jacky mateo

    i was once a student there now im going to middle school at that time i was in 4th grade hahahahahahahhaah i miss it all ready tear tear

  • neverlosemomentum

    John, as an elementary school teacher I can tell you that there is a correlation between diet and ADHD as you mentioned in your video. I try to encourage parents to explore diet modification as an alternative to medication for children with focusing issues, however, it is much too easy for parents to find a doctor that will give them a prescription for their child; they pass out the drugs like Halloween candy…luckily people like you are spreading the truth about food! Thanks man!

  • Edgar Duran

    The children love this school.My 2 boys go to this school and the teachers and the way they make learning fun!!!They do sell what they grow and we have the strawberry festival in Feb.The boys actually taught me about recycling and saving Mother Earth!!!!

  • kevinwildcelt

    I was not raised in a household that gardened, I do not yet have a garden BUT it seems logical to me that teaching our children, the next generation to grow their own food as much as possible will be crucial to them being as self sufficent and yes, independent as is humanly possible. Keep up the good work !!

  • Endrikh Darkvine CXVI

    hydroponics vs soil is like giving plants fitness, powertraining, proteins, vitamins and all kinds of supplements to beef them up

  • Thaneii

    This has to be one of the best videos I've seen in a while. I hope those students appreciate this opportunity, and realize how lucky they are to have it.

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