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Locally Delicious school garden

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Locally Delicious School Garden

Sprouting Education


Sprouting Education is awesome!


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.

Project Statement

Build/ Design a Garden for a School

Project Criteria

  • Educational Value: The ability to visually convey how the greywater system works.
  • Sustainability: The greywater system for the solar shower needs to use recycled and locally resourced materials that have minimal impact on the environment.
  • Cost: The total money and labor required to construct and maintain the system.
  • Maintainability: The soundness and durability of the design.
  • Aesthetic Value: The optimal solution should satisfy three goals regarding its overall aesthetic value. The design's visual appeal and its flow with its surroundings.
  • Safety: Reducing the dangers and health hazards posed by the system to a minimum.

Final Project Design

Explanation of the garden system


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

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.

Building and Materials Costs

Below are the costs of materials to construct the garden

Item Amount Cost Our Cost Total
Sand Paper - Grade 80 2 $1.19 $1.19 $2.57
Wooden Pallet 8 $19.95 $0 $0
Corrugated Fiberglass Sheeting unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
Greenhouse Plastic Sheeting unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
Nails unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
1/4" x 10' PVC Pipe unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
Soil unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
Plants unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown
Total $unknown $unknown $unknown $unknown

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... blah-blah-blah

Task Time (min/year)
Surge Tank Clean Out 90
Rinsing Through Flush Caps 10
Possible Replanting 20
Cleaning Window 5
Replacing Rusted Metal Parts 15
Total Time 140

Testing Results


Building and Implementation Instructions

Materials For A 4'x12' Pallet Garden Box with Green House top

  1. 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.
  2. 32 2'6" long 1/4" thick sections of rebar
  3. 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.
  4. 6 pieces of 12'long 1/4" PVC pipe
  5. 32 pipe clamps for 1/4" pipe
  6. 1 gallon Non-toxic outdoor weather resistant paint
  7. 64 1/2" screws that fit your pipe clamps
  8. 144 sq. ft of plastic sheeting
  9. 96 sq feet of soil

Building A 4'x12' Pallet Garden Box with Green House Top

  1. Cut pallets in half

  • 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.
  • 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.
  1. Paint Pallets

  • 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.

Topic 3



Concerns, maintenance, teaching lessons, etc.

Topic 1

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