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…

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…

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…

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. #sustainability #permaculture #foodsecurity #fooddesertsolution #organic #gardening…

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…

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

Food For Thought 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…

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…

Food for Thought – Episode 4: Teaching Diversity Appreciation Via Permaculture

In our fourth episode of Food for Thought, Anne discusses how project-based instruction using companion planting and other polyculture techniques illustrate how diversity is a natural phenomenon that can be used to maximize the benefits for all involved. It can serve as a neutral…

Food for Thought – Episode 3: Teaching How Systems Work Through Gardening

In our 3rd episode of Food for Thought, our director and creator of the Learn & Grow Educational Series discusses how to use gardening to teach kids about systems, how they work, and how they interact with each other to create larger systems. References:…

Let Us Make You a Garden

If you are located in Ventura, Santa Barbara, or West Los Angeles County, California, and would like a custom-built self-watering container garden, but don’t have the time to put it together yourself, we are making ourselves available to collect the recycled pieces, pre-cut the…