Food for Thought – Episode 14: A Visit with Carrie from GroTech Gardens, Makers of GroBucket

In this episode of Food for Thought, Carrie Runnals of GroTech Gardens, makers of the GroBucket self-watering container visits the Learn & Grow Virtual Sustainability Learning Center and test garden, all the way from Georgia. Carrie and her husband, Joe, hit the road in their beautifully upgraded RV to travel and enjoy our beautiful country and connect with all of us out here using GroBucket kits to solve all kinds of real-world plant-growing problems. Carrie has always been a supporter of the Learn & Grow Educational Series and the community service work we do. In this video, Carrie and Anne discuss how Learn & Grow is using GroBucket kits to build community self-watering container gardens in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Camarillo, as well as the thought and planning that goes into this ongoing community service project and the benefits it’s intended to deliver.

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Links:

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Food for Thought – Episode 13: Interview: Stephanie Ryan, PhD

In this episode of Food for Thought, Anne M. Zachry, M.A. Ed. Psych., creator of the Learn & Grow Educational Series interviews Dr. Stephanie Ryan about her book, her online instructional content and teaching to the science standards at home with everyday items. They discuss their different approaches to science through Project-Based Learning (PBL), modeling, scaffolding, and other evidence-based practices, including the science and math used in the Learn & Grow Virtual Sustainability Learning Center and test garden, and they many lessons they inspire in Learn & Grow’s instruction.

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Food for Thought – Episode 12: Decorating Self-Watering Containers with Acrylic Pour Art

In this 12th episode of Food for Thought, Anne M. Zachry, the creator of the Learn & Grow Educational Series, demonstrates how to decorate self-watering containers using acrylic pour art, plus an additional bonus craft project using contact paper.

For self-watering container gardeners who are making their container from used 5-gallon buckets recycled from restaurants, bakeries, delis, cafeterias, etc., your buckets may be even less pretty than plain ones brand new from the store. If you want to make your buckets look nice in your gardening spaces, this video shows you a couple of creative ways to dress them up.

Learn & Grow Links:

Shop for Acrylic Paints for Pouring: https://tinyurl.com/mr2ewsna

Contact Paper: https://amzn.to/3i0Mn2d

Shop for Seeds: http://www.seedsnow.com/?rfsn=3720.1f…

GroBucket Kits:

Shop for Other Gardening Supplies: https://learn-and-grow.org/shop


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Food for Thought – Episode 11: Maintaining Food Security During Supply Chain Shortages

 
In this 11th episode of Food for Thought, Anne M. Zachry, the creator of the Learn & Grow Educational Series, discusses the recent supply chain shortages and their impact on food security in America at the time this video was made.
 
She demonstrates how self-watering containers work using two different methods as a food security strategy that can be used by people with limited access to food in stores and no open ground for growing and/or renters who can’t plant in-ground gardens where they live.
 
Supply chain shortages shouldn’t result in food insecurity for anyone. Learn how you can use our gardening methods to recycle used plastics and keep them out of landfills and conserve water, while grow your own organic food no matter where you live and taking it with you when you move.
 
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Food for Thought – Episode 10: How Sub-Irrigation Works No Matter Which Materials You Use

One of the biggest challenges faced by our learners around the world is access to materials to make their own self-watering gardening containers.

In this video, Anne explains how sub-irrigation (the science behind self-watering containers) and demonstrates three different types of self-watering containers, showing that so long as you apply the science, the materials you use doesn’t matter.

Our hope is that our learners around the world can find materials in their own areas that will allow them to make their own kinds of self-watering containers, no matter where they live.

If you end up coming up with your own self-watering container design, we’d love to see it! Take photos or make videos and tag us in them so we can share them with everyone!

Food for Thought – Episode 9: Baking Cookies with Edible Flowers

In this episode of Food for Thought, Anne demonstrates baking cookies using a butane stove and a catering chafer for an improvised stove and decorating the cookies with edible flowers grown in self-watering containers and traditional planters in the Learn & Grow Virtual Sustainability Learning Center and test garden.

Links:

Image Credit: YouTube PNG by PNG Tree – https://pngtree.com/so/youtube

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Food for Thought – Episode 8: Off-the-Grid Really Clean Laundry

In this episode of Food for Thought, Anne demonstrates our solar-, manual-, and wind-powered laundry solution that produces environmentally safe gray water that we can then use to water our garden, combining sustainable living practices with food security.

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Food for Thought – Episode 7: Contending with Crises

This episode of Food for Thought was recorded a few days after the attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, and comes on the tail of four of the hardest years Americans have ever faced, which has an impact on the entire world.

In this episode, Learn & Grow Educational Series creator, Anne M. Zachry, talks about the potential economic future for commercialized agriculture in the U.S., food security, and home gardening. This video was originally posted January 11, 2021 on IGTV at https://www.instagram.com/tv/CJ7V1gHA…

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The Ring of Fire post, “Trump Spent Billions To Bribe American Farmers To Vote For Him” – https://youtu.be/qD69m4_nXzg Farron Balanced: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5dU… @farronbalanced

Food for Thought – Episode 6: Intro to the Virtual Sustainability Learning Center



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Episode 6: The Learn & Grow Virtual Sustainability Learning Center


In this episode of Food for Thought, Anne explains the purpose and design elements of the Virtual Sustainability Learning Center and how it will be used to provide ongoing online instruction until we get our tiny house (https://gf.me/u/yzvw9p) and add to our sustainable living instruction using it.

For now, we’re providing project-based instruction supported by modeling in an evidence-based approach to providing virtual instruction to hands-on problem-solving and the application of academic skills to addressing real-world problems on a scale that can be replicated by many families, either as part of a home-based instruction strategy during shutdown or an ongoing homeschooling application, as well as other groups such as Scout troops, schools, and community-based organizations.

Links:
* More information about Feed America and pandemic-related childhood food insecurity – https://feedamerica.org
* More info on beneficial soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, which can reduce anxiety: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0376635713000296
https://rdw.rowan.edu/etd/2707/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323774195_Women_with_Anxiety_and_Depression_Out_of_the_Darkness_and_into_the_Light

Key basic materials used in the design and implementation of the Virtual Sustainability Learning Center:
* Tent-yurt – https://amzn.to/3lVYZI3
* Wood burning stove – https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/camp-chef-alpine-heavy-duty-cylinder-stove
* Shower/bathroom tent – https://amzn.to/2IQi0NY
* Sink/table – https://amzn.to/3fjwSjw
* Composting toilet system:
(Instructions: One bucket serves as a storage container for clean, unused coconut coir. The scoop goes with it, so you can scoop fresh coconut coir into the toilet. The second bucket is the actual toilet. Snap the toilet seat to the top of it and put a layer of coconut coir down on the bottom of the bucket. Thereafter, when using the toilet, cover your waste with more fresh coconut coir. Once it fills up to the point where it almost can’t be comfortably used, dump the contents into a composter, rinse it out, dump the rinse water also into the composter, return to the bathroom space, and reload it with a fresh new bottom layer of coconut coir. After 6 months, the composted bathroom waste can be used to fertilize trees; after 1 year, it can be used to fertilize food crops.)
* Two 5-gallon buckets, one with a lid – https://www.lowes.com/pd/United-Solutions-5-Gallon-General-Bucket/1000462835 and https://www.lowes.com/pd/Encore-Plastics-12-in-Blue-Plastic-Bucket-Lid/3029999
* Toilet seat – https://amzn.to/36RnBvi
* Loose coconut coir – https://amzn.to/3lRozOk
* Scoop – https://amzn.to/3lRZ3IJ
* Gray water recapturing buckets:
* 16-gallon for shower – https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/tuff-stuff-flex-tubs-16-gal-asst-f16-pmx
* 7-gallon for sink – https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/tuff-stuff-flex-tubs-7-gal-asst-f7-pmx
* Mylar emergency blankets for making a heat-reflector inside the tent-yurt – https://amzn.to/335u2da
* Omnia Stovetop Oven – https://amzn.to/393tsQQ

More information about the Great American Dust Bowl of the 1930s – https://fmr.org/legislative-updates/lessons-dust-bowl-cleaner-mississippi-rooted-new-farming-paradigm

More information about Lev Vygotsky – https://www.simplypsychology.org/vygotsky.html

We needed to replace our current battery-operated shower. The pump is already dying, so we can’t recommend it. We recently ordered https://a.co/4RR3SdX, but it hasn’t been delivered, yet, so we’ll have to keep you posted on how well it works out.

***Note: All product links to Amazon are via affiliate links. A portion of all proceeds from Amazon orders helps us fund our educational programs and services.

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Food for Thought – Episode 5: Comparison of Total D.I.Y. vs. GroBucket

In this episode of Food for Thought, Anne Zachry, creator of the Learn & Grow Educational Series and her colleague and Learn & Grow volunteer, Isabel Arreola, compare a total DIY version of a self-watering container to a self-watering container made with a GroBucket by GroTech (https://instagram.com/grotechgarden).

Those of you who have been following us for a while should remember Isabel from our original Spanish language how-to video that we made a few years ago, mostly in response to the Venezuelan food crisis, about the total DIY method of building out a self-watering container, which has since been viewed on Facebook about 166K times at the time of this current post (https://www.facebook.com/LearnAndGrowEdSeries). We recently reposted it to Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/tv/CByWCYugLB0). It lives on our YouTube channel as well (https://youtu.be/3weBc7ZZpsA).

While anyone interested in self-watering container gardening will find this video interesting, this is also good information for gardeners with Vision-Related Disabilities (VRDs) who may find the GroBucket approach more user-friendly. Isabel has a VRD and teaches others with VRDs how to access school, community, and employment, as well as live independently, in Sacramento, CA.

If you are interested in building your own GroBucket containers, you can order them at the following fundraiser affiliate links:

A portion of all proceeds (approximately 3% of the sale price) goes back to the Learn & Grow Educational Series to help cover the costs of our food security and sustainability curriculum, instructional programs, and online information.

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