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Locally Delicious School Garden
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[[Image:Kids2.JPG|thumb|450px|Fig 1: Kids in the Garden]]
 
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Sprouting Education
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==Abstract==
 
==Abstract==
Sprouting Education is awesome!
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Sprouting Education was a group of students from Humboldt State University partaking in a design project in [[Engr215 Introduction to Design]] in Spring 2011. Sprouting Education worked with Locally Delicious to create a garden for elementary schools to use. The team of four was given 3 months to build an interactive garden that could be implemented in schools across the USA.The final design incorporated materials that could be donated or acquired from scrap yards to create three versatile designs that schools could adapt to their needs.
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
Locally Delicious is made up of a strong group of ladies who are determined to beat corporate food marketing. They have written and published a nation wide book called Locally Delicious which by first impression resembles a traditional home-cook recipe book, but truly hidden inside is a fight against corporate mass food production. The book includes recipes and tips for cooking meals from local and organic produce. These women fight for the nation to eat more healthy and locally. Continuing their battle against corporate, Locally Delicious is extending their empire to kids across the nation to a healthier diet with their next book entitled Lunchbox Envy. In Humboldt State University, the Environmental Engineering Design class were assigned to collaborate with Locally Delicious and design projects for kids which can be shown through Lunchbox Envy. Sprouting Education has designed a School Garden project for grades K-5 which will teach kids the benefits of growing and eating their own food.
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[[Locally Delicious]] is a group of women determined to help the nation eat healthier and locally. For their second book "Lunchbox Envy", Locally Delicious focuses on motivating students across the nation to eat healthier and learn about local agriculture.  
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Sprouting Education formed in the Environmental Engineering Design class at Humboldt State University in Spring 2011 to design a school garden for Locally Delicious' [[Lunchbox Envy]] book. Sprouting Education has designed a school garden for grades 4-8 that will teach students how to grow their own food. The garden is made of materials that can be donated or found at scrap yards and can be constructed in a weekend, making it a versatile design that can be implemented in schools across the nation. The variety of features displayed in Trillium Children's Garden, allows schools to choose any one of the features that are appropriate for their site.
  
==Project Statement==
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====Project Statement====
Build/ Design a Garden for a School
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The objective of Sprouting Education was to design and build an interactive school garden for students to learn the benefits and values of sustainable agriculture. The final design encourages students to eat healthier by empowering them to produce their own food.
  
===Project Criteria===
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==Project Criteria==
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|Plant Safetey
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|Plants will be protected from any harm or destruction
 
|Plants will be protected from any harm or destruction
 
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==Final Project Design==
 
==Final Project Design==
Explanation of the garden system
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[[Image:Image5.jpeg|thumb|center|350px|Fig 2: Final garden design; Raised bed with a greenhouse top, kiddie pools, and a rainwater catchment system]]
  
<gallery caption="Installation">
 
  
</gallery>
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The final project design is a collection of different styles of gardens which will entertain and enlighten kids about the benefits of local agriculture. Trillium Children's Garden is composed of a variety of three garden aspects, the rainwater catchment system, kiddie pool garden, and pallet garden with greenhouse top. The rainwater catchment system is simply a pickle bin posted beneath the gutter of the school which catches and stores rainwater for treating the garden. The raised bed is a 4 X 12 ft garden made of half-cut wooden pallets and geotextile fabric against the inner perimeter of the pallets to secure the soil in place.
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[[Image:SE_Garden.jpg|thumb|center|350px||Fig 3: First draft design; Raised beds, potato bin, kiddie pools, and rainwater catchment system]] On top of the raised bed are PVC pipes bent across, outlining the structure for the greenhouse top to lie in place. The plastic sheeting serves as our green house top sheeting which is simple laid over the pipes and locked down in place with bungee hooks. A wooden dowel is attached to the ends of the plastic sheeting. These dowels provide as a tool for one to easily roll up the sheeting to the top of the hoop, help up by clamps, so one can work in the garden. The two Kiddie-Pools will be filled with soil as its own transferable garden.
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Diagrams will be scattered around the garden to illustrate concepts such as the plant life cycle and the process of photosynthesis to educate the kids about the science behind their garden.
  
 
==Costs==
 
==Costs==
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===Design Hours===
 
===Design Hours===
The chart to the right shows the breakdown of design hours that went into constructing the Sprouting Education School Garden. A majority of the hours were spent constructing the system.  
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The chart to the right shows the breakdown of design hours that went into constructing the Sprouting Education School Garden. A majority of the hours were spent in the construction phase.
 
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[[File:Doc1.jpg|thumb|400px|right]]
  
 
===Building and Materials Costs===
 
===Building and Materials Costs===
Below are the costs of materials to construct the garden
 
  
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Below are the costs of materials to construct the garden. The total building and design costs without donations were $697.34.  A local cookie factory, Desserts on Us, donated the wooden pallets we needed and Pierson's Building Center donated a hose, 5 - 12' PVC Pipes, A 50 Gallon Pickle Barrel and 48' Re-bar bringing the group’s total cost to only $270.63.
  
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
|-
 
|-
! Item
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! Materials
! Amount
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! Quantity
! Cost
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! Cost Per Quantity $
! Our Cost
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! Our Cost $
! Total
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! Potential Cost $
 
|-
 
|-
| Sand Paper - Grade 80  
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|Sand Paper-Grade 80  
| 2
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|align="right"|2
| $1.19
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|align="right"|1.19
| $1.19
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|align="right"|1.19
| $2.57
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|align="right"|2.57
 
|-
 
|-
| Wooden Pallet
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|U-Clamps
| 8
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|align="right"|20
| $19.95
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|align="right"|1.33
| $0
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|align="right"|26.60
| $0
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|align="right"|26.60
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|-
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|12' rebar
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|align="right"|4
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|align="right"|8.99
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|align="right"|0.00
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|align="right"|35.96
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|-
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|50' Hose
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|16.99
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|align="right"|16.99
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|align="right"|16.99
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|-
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|50 Gal. Pickle Barrel
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|30.00
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|align="right"|0.00
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|align="right"|30.00
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|Wooden Pallets
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|align="right"|16
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|align="right"|19.50 
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|align="right"|0.00
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|align="right"|312.00
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|-
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|100x10 Ft Geotextile fabric
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|30.00 
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|align="right"|0.00
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|align="right"|30.00
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|-
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|Plastic Cover
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|8.88
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|align="right"|8.88
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|align="right"|8.88
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|Screws per lb
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|3.59
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|align="right"|3.59
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|align="right"|3.59
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|1" Diameter 12' PVC Pipe
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|align="right"|5
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|align="right"|1.05
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|align="right"|0.00
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|align="right"|5.25
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|Bungee Cord Mini 10" 8 pack
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|6.82 
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|align="right"|6.82
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|align="right"|6.82
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|Washer
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|1.34
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|align="right"|1.34
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|align="right"|1.34
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|Thermometer (Wall)
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|2.96
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|align="right"|2.96
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|align="right"|2.96
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|Drill Bit 1-1/8"
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|4.29
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|align="right"|4.29
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|align="right"|4.29
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|-
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|Metal Strap
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|2.06
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|align="right"|2.06
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|align="right"|2.06
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|Couple Hose Nylon Shut Off
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|align="right"|1
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|align="right"|3.86
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|align="right"|3.86
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|align="right"|3.86
 
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| Corrugated Fiberglass Sheeting
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|PVC Adapter
| unknown
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|align="right"|1
| $unknown
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|align="right"|1.79
| $unknown
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|align="right"|1.79
| $unknown
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|align="right"|1.79
 
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| Greenhouse Plastic Sheeting
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|Flew Jaw Spring Clamp 6"
| unknown
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|align="right"|2
| $unknown
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|align="right"|1.50
| $unknown
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|align="right"|3.00
| $unknown
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|align="right"|3.00
 
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| Nails
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|Paint (Pilgrim Blue)
| unknown
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|align="right"|1
| $unknown
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|align="right"|31.98
| $unknown
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|align="right"|31.98
| $unknown
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|align="right"|31.98
 
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|-
| 1/4" x 10' PVC Pipe
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|Paint (Off Tint)
| unknown
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|align="right"|1
| $unknown
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|align="right"|15.00
| $unknown
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|align="right"|15.00
| $unknown
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|align="right"|15.00
 
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| Soil
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|Poly Paint Brush Set
| unknown
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|align="right"|1
| $unknown
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|align="right"|5.99
| $unknown
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|align="right"|5.99
| $unknown
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|align="right"|5.99
 
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| Plants
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|Soil 1-1/2 Cu Yds
| unknown
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|align="right"|1
| $unknown
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|align="right"|60.00
| $unknown
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|align="right"|0.00
| $unknown
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|align="right"|60.00
 
|-
 
|-
|'''Total'''
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|Gas
|$unknown
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|align="right"|1
|$unknown
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|align="right"|150.00
|$unknown
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|align="right"|150.00
|$unknown
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|align="right"|150.00
 
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|-
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|align="right"|'''Total Costs'''
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|align="right"|270.63
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|align="right"|697.34
 
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|}
  
 
===Expected Maintenance Costs===
 
===Expected Maintenance Costs===
The system was designed to require as little maintenance as possible there is still some upkeep that will be required to keep the system operational...  
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The system was designed to require as little maintenance as possible, although normal garden maintenance will need to be upheld to guarantee the success of the garden.
blah-blah-blah
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{| border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" align="center"
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
! Task !! Time (min/year)
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|-
 
|-
| Surge Tank Clean Out
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! Task
|align="right"| 90
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! Time (hrs/wk)
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|-
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| Water Garden
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|align="right"| 2.0
 
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|-  
| Rinsing Through Flush Caps
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| Weeding Garden
|align="right"| 10
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|align="right"| 1.0
 
|-  
 
|-  
| Possible Replanting
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| pH and Nutrient Top-Off
|align="right"| 20
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|align="right"| 0.5
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| Cleaning Window
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| Soil Tilling
|align="right"| 5  
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|align="right"| 0.5
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| Replacing Rusted Metal Parts
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|align="right"| 15
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|-
 
|-
 
|'''Total Time'''  
 
|'''Total Time'''  
|align="right"| '''140'''  
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|align="right"| '''4.0'''  
 
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|}
  
 
==Testing Results==
 
==Testing Results==
blah-blah-blah
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Our project design was tested on April 22, 2011 for Trillium Charter's School celebration of Earth day. The school's day activity was to plant seeds of vegetables into our raised bed with a greenhouse top garden. Prior to actual seeding, the students were able to gather together, un-hook and roll up the plastic sheeting (green house top) to the top of the raised bed in order to start tending the garden. Each child had a seed to plant in our pallet raised bed garden and watered the seeds using our rainwater catchment system. After watering, the kids were capable of rolling down the plastic sheeting down on their own and hooking them back into place.
  
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[[Image:Group Photo.jpg|thumb|350px|Team Photo]]
  
 
== Building and Implementation Instructions==
 
== Building and Implementation Instructions==
===Materials For A 4'x12' Pallet Garden Box with Green House top===
 
# 8 wood pallets that can be sawed down the middle, parallel to the support beams (see picture)These can be found laying around the back of any large warehouse or store. Pallets outside are usually just waiting to be thrown away, but    ask permission to take them first. Also, try to find pallet that are in decent shape, no missing planks or excessive water damage. If you can find pallets that look similar, your garden bed will be prettier, but it isn't essential to the structure.
 
# 32 2'6" long 1/4" thick sections of rebar
 
# A total length of 32"of corrugated fiberglass roofing, in sections about 2" tall. You might get lucky and find this stuff laying in a friend's backyard, but if not, it is relatively inexpensive to purchase at a hardware store.
 
# 6 pieces of 12'long 1/4" PVC pipe
 
# 32 pipe clamps for 1/4" pipe
 
# 1 gallon Non-toxic outdoor weather resistant paint
 
#64 1/2" screws that fit your pipe clamps
 
# 144 sq. ft of plastic sheeting
 
#96 sq feet of soil
 
  
===Building A 4'x12' Pallet Garden Box with Green House Top===
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[http://openpario.mime.oregonstate.edu/attachments/4097/Movie.wmv Instructional Video]
# Cut pallets in half
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*Measure pallets lengthwise, parallel to the planks to find the midpoint of the pallet. Then use the midpoint to draw a line down the center of the pallet that runs perpendicular to the planks. This will be your cutting line. Create this line on both sides of all the pallets.
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*use a large skill saw to cut all the pallets in half along the lines you had created. Then, sand the pallets to get rid of any major splinters. Hammer flat any nails sticking out of the pallets or remove them completely so that the pallets do not pose any dangers to children.
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#Paint Pallets
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*If your pallets are wet, let them dry in a sheltered area before proceeding to this step. Using a non-toxic weather resistant paint, paint all surfaces of the pallets and allow to dry.
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===Topic 3===
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blah-blah-blah
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[[Trillium Children%27s Garden Instruction]]
  
 
=='''Discussion'''==
 
=='''Discussion'''==
Concerns, maintenance, teaching lessons, etc.
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By including reusable materials, interactive mediums, and educational displays, Trillium Children’s Garden inspires students to grow their own food and eat healthy.  
 
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Schools across the nation will be able to create a school garden, by recreating our simple and sustainable garden design. The design’s easy implementations and use of reusable materials will encourage school’s to start building a garden for their students, leading them the path of learning and experiencing sustainable agriculture.
===Topic 1===
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Blah Blah Blah
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==References==
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<references/>
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[[Category:Locally Delicious]]
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[[Category:Engr215 Introduction to Design]]
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[[Category:Gardening]]

Latest revision as of 23:51, 30 May 2011

Fig 1: Kids in the Garden


Abstract[edit]

Sprouting Education was a group of students from Humboldt State University partaking in a design project in Engr215 Introduction to Design in Spring 2011. Sprouting Education worked with Locally Delicious to create a garden for elementary schools to use. The team of four was given 3 months to build an interactive garden that could be implemented in schools across the USA.The final design incorporated materials that could be donated or acquired from scrap yards to create three versatile designs that schools could adapt to their needs.

Background[edit]

Locally Delicious is a group of women determined to help the nation eat healthier and locally. For their second book "Lunchbox Envy", Locally Delicious focuses on motivating students across the nation to eat healthier and learn about local agriculture. Sprouting Education formed in the Environmental Engineering Design class at Humboldt State University in Spring 2011 to design a school garden for Locally Delicious' Lunchbox Envy book. Sprouting Education has designed a school garden for grades 4-8 that will teach students how to grow their own food. The garden is made of materials that can be donated or found at scrap yards and can be constructed in a weekend, making it a versatile design that can be implemented in schools across the nation. The variety of features displayed in Trillium Children's Garden, allows schools to choose any one of the features that are appropriate for their site.

Project Statement[edit]

The objective of Sprouting Education was to design and build an interactive school garden for students to learn the benefits and values of sustainable agriculture. The final design encourages students to eat healthier by empowering them to produce their own food.

Project Criteria[edit]

Criteria Description Weight
Learning Potential The ability to convey educational concepts from the garden to students 10
Participant Safety Students will be protected from any hazardous structure from the garden 10
Reproducibility The design of the garden is easily reproduced and transferable by others 9
Child Appeal The aesthetics attract students to the garden 8
Cost Reasonable price for overall material and labor 8
Sufficient Produce The potential to produce enough produce for students to find the garden rewarding 7
Easy Maintenance Simplicity to maintain the garden during the summer and school year 6
Plant Safety Plants will be protected from any harm or destruction 2
Expandability The design of the garden is accessible for any additional expansion 1

Final Project Design[edit]

Fig 2: Final garden design; Raised bed with a greenhouse top, kiddie pools, and a rainwater catchment system


The final project design is a collection of different styles of gardens which will entertain and enlighten kids about the benefits of local agriculture. Trillium Children's Garden is composed of a variety of three garden aspects, the rainwater catchment system, kiddie pool garden, and pallet garden with greenhouse top. The rainwater catchment system is simply a pickle bin posted beneath the gutter of the school which catches and stores rainwater for treating the garden. The raised bed is a 4 X 12 ft garden made of half-cut wooden pallets and geotextile fabric against the inner perimeter of the pallets to secure the soil in place.

Fig 3: First draft design; Raised beds, potato bin, kiddie pools, and rainwater catchment system
On top of the raised bed are PVC pipes bent across, outlining the structure for the greenhouse top to lie in place. The plastic sheeting serves as our green house top sheeting which is simple laid over the pipes and locked down in place with bungee hooks. A wooden dowel is attached to the ends of the plastic sheeting. These dowels provide as a tool for one to easily roll up the sheeting to the top of the hoop, help up by clamps, so one can work in the garden. The two Kiddie-Pools will be filled with soil as its own transferable garden.

Diagrams will be scattered around the garden to illustrate concepts such as the plant life cycle and the process of photosynthesis to educate the kids about the science behind their garden.

Costs[edit]

The costs involved in creating the Sprouting Education Garden come in two forms: hours of labor and materials costs.

Design Hours[edit]

The chart to the right shows the breakdown of design hours that went into constructing the Sprouting Education School Garden. A majority of the hours were spent in the construction phase.

Doc1.jpg

Building and Materials Costs[edit]

Below are the costs of materials to construct the garden. The total building and design costs without donations were $697.34. A local cookie factory, Desserts on Us, donated the wooden pallets we needed and Pierson's Building Center donated a hose, 5 - 12' PVC Pipes, A 50 Gallon Pickle Barrel and 48' Re-bar bringing the group’s total cost to only $270.63.

Materials Quantity Cost Per Quantity $ Our Cost $ Potential Cost $
Sand Paper-Grade 80 2 1.19 1.19 2.57
U-Clamps 20 1.33 26.60 26.60
12' rebar 4 8.99 0.00 35.96
50' Hose 1 16.99 16.99 16.99
50 Gal. Pickle Barrel 1 30.00 0.00 30.00
Wooden Pallets 16 19.50 0.00 312.00
100x10 Ft Geotextile fabric 1 30.00 0.00 30.00
Plastic Cover 1 8.88 8.88 8.88
Screws per lb 1 3.59 3.59 3.59
1" Diameter 12' PVC Pipe 5 1.05 0.00 5.25
Bungee Cord Mini 10" 8 pack 1 6.82 6.82 6.82
Washer 1 1.34 1.34 1.34
Thermometer (Wall) 1 2.96 2.96 2.96
Drill Bit 1-1/8" 1 4.29 4.29 4.29
Metal Strap 1 2.06 2.06 2.06
Couple Hose Nylon Shut Off 1 3.86 3.86 3.86
PVC Adapter 1 1.79 1.79 1.79
Flew Jaw Spring Clamp 6" 2 1.50 3.00 3.00
Paint (Pilgrim Blue) 1 31.98 31.98 31.98
Paint (Off Tint) 1 15.00 15.00 15.00
Poly Paint Brush Set 1 5.99 5.99 5.99
Soil 1-1/2 Cu Yds 1 60.00 0.00 60.00
Gas 1 150.00 150.00 150.00
Total Costs 270.63 697.34

Expected Maintenance Costs[edit]

The system was designed to require as little maintenance as possible, although normal garden maintenance will need to be upheld to guarantee the success of the garden.

Task Time (hrs/wk)
Water Garden 2.0
Weeding Garden 1.0
pH and Nutrient Top-Off 0.5
Soil Tilling 0.5
Total Time 4.0

Testing Results[edit]

Our project design was tested on April 22, 2011 for Trillium Charter's School celebration of Earth day. The school's day activity was to plant seeds of vegetables into our raised bed with a greenhouse top garden. Prior to actual seeding, the students were able to gather together, un-hook and roll up the plastic sheeting (green house top) to the top of the raised bed in order to start tending the garden. Each child had a seed to plant in our pallet raised bed garden and watered the seeds using our rainwater catchment system. After watering, the kids were capable of rolling down the plastic sheeting down on their own and hooking them back into place.

Team Photo

Building and Implementation Instructions[edit]

Instructional Video

Trillium Children's Garden Instruction

Discussion[edit]

By including reusable materials, interactive mediums, and educational displays, Trillium Children’s Garden inspires students to grow their own food and eat healthy. Schools across the nation will be able to create a school garden, by recreating our simple and sustainable garden design. The design’s easy implementations and use of reusable materials will encourage school’s to start building a garden for their students, leading them the path of learning and experiencing sustainable agriculture.