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ACT2 - What I Did To Increase Food Security

This mission threw me for a bit of a loop. Currently being on campus at the University, and not knowing anyone that lives out in the community, I really wasn't sure how I was going to tackle this weeks ACT mission. Then, while laying awake the other night, an idea hit me.

I work for the student housing services in my university and run academically focused programming for a group of about 46 first year students. My section in particular is full of social science students, so any hard core science courses, including agricultural science or environmental science is beyond us, but we are required to take at minimum 2 natural science and/or mathematics cla****. Luckily, this semester a group of about 7 of them are taking an Introductory Botany class. I managed to look through the textbook for the course, and there was an entire chapter devoted to "Feeding A Hungry World" http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072970065/student_view0/chap... This gave me an idea.

My students had been asking me to create a study session for this course, so I made up questions relating to the unit that they were currently on, but then did a hand out on Food Insecurity In Canada based off of a lot of the information I found while researching for the LEARN2 mission. I called this study session a "Botany Study Session With A Twist". After giving them the hand out on Food Insecurity In Canada, we all painted plastic flower pots, and then planted vegetables.

We're in residence just long enough to have the plants start germinating, and then we're moving out or back home. So to make this meet the ACT requirements, the rule is that we cannot keep the plants we planted, we must give them to someone, be it our mothers, grand parents, boy/girl friends mother/father etc. It may just be a small gesture, but it's still doing our part when we're limited for space to actually garden, or lack the resources to get out and help in a community garden, or the know how of how agricultural systems work to design a better way for farmers to grow their produce.

Here is a picture of my students and I with our newly planted seeds (peppers, tomatoes and beans) (i'm in the purple argyle sweater in the back. Please forgive my messy hair and half squinting expression It's been a long day!)

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Comment by Justine Roberts on March 15, 2010 at 4:00am
May I also mention, that I made sure to put a pitch for evoke in there too, as this group of students in particular are always willing to be involved with stuff going on in our section.
Comment by Claire Moylan on March 15, 2010 at 4:07am
Starting the seeds and then sending them off into the world! Love it! +1 Spark!
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 15, 2010 at 4:21am
SO great! planting seeds with the students and in the pots both!
Comment by Linda Holt on March 15, 2010 at 7:02am
Great idea!
Comment by Murray Sterley on March 15, 2010 at 7:08am
This is awesome work! If we think hard enough we realise where we can make an impact! Collaboration!
Comment by Justine Roberts on March 15, 2010 at 4:37pm
Thanks guys :) I'm glad that overall it turned out well, and that the students actually were into it too.
Comment by Mita Williams on March 22, 2010 at 7:17pm
+5 for Spark!


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