Earthbox Grow Systems

In 2012, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, SC began instructional beautification and environmental activities at area schools and community centers fostering the educational and community greening opportunities.  The project involved installing Earthbox Grow Systems, www.earthbox.com 

These unique container boxes are approved by the National Home Gardening Club, and can be connected to a rain barrel via an automatic water system.  Additionally, they can be used in public spaces, revitalization areas, water conservation districts, and for green roof projects in urban areas.

The goals of the project includes completing and sustaining a multigenerational approach where affiliate volunteers offer project mentoring and children learn how to grow a garden.  The skills and confidence developed by this program help   at-risk youth respect nature, grow and conduct sound based gardening practices. The students are taking this home to their families and growing gardens outside of their homes, churches, and businesses turning the gardens into sustainable operations.

To learn more, please click below on the  Keep Greenville County Beautiful Earthbox Article 

 

In the environmental science class of Carolina High School,  seniors explore current environmental issues and are encouraged to generate possible solutions.

The World Food Day presentation in October came at a perfect time. Students had a more meaningful experience by applying what they have learned to a service-driven project.  After studying human population growth and unequal distribution of resources, students asked “how can we help feed hungry people?”

On World Food Day, representatives from Keep Greenville County Beautiful came to share some moving statistics and information about world hunger.  Students then assembled EarthBoxes; planting cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  For many, this was their first experience with gardening!

“This day inspired many of my students to examine how we can address world hunger, starting with our community here at Carolina.  Students want to help feed people in need, and provide our school with healthy food options by starting a community garden on the school property.

Currently, the environmental science students are working in teams to develop plans for a sustainable garden.  This all began by planting just a few Earth Boxes.” Noted Carolina Science Teacher Lauren Scowcroft.

Ms. Scowcroft, and Dan Powell of Keep Greenville County Beautiful gratefully acknowledge the generosity of their sponsors: EarthBox Education; Palmetto Pride, Keep America Beautiful and Bilo Boosters. And with a SCDHEC Champions of the Environment grant, they plan to expand onto a plot of land beside the school to create a school community garden.

 

 


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