Green Growing: A Model for Food Sovereignty and Sustainability

Grades 9-10
Developed by Maggie Pulver, Ho’ala School

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An engaging, hands-on and inquiry based curriculum that delves into the questions of where our food comes from, and how we, as communities, can reclaim our independence and sustainability in food production. By designing and building their own aquaponics systems, students will learn the meaning and importance of biomimicry in creating nutrient cycles, flow systems, water quality, and conservation of energy and matter that work with the innate design of nature. They will also learn about issues of sustainability and food sovereignty, as well as the societal and environmental impacts of agricultural and food production systems. This empowering unit encourages students to thrive, not only by growing their own food sustainably, but also by sharing knowledge with their communities and supporting non-profit organizations.