Challenge Foundation Academy is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
Have you ever done any gardening? In recent years, I’ve tried to grow vegetables and berries in my backyard. It’s been a trial-and-error experience but I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned more than about frost, water, fertilizers, compost, seasons, drought, etc. I’m still learning at the age of 40.
Well think about what kids can learn from gardening!
Not only will they learn the same things I’ve learned, but the gardening experience also teaches them about how to take care of something and how to make it grow. It teaches them about nutrients and how to make healthy eating choices. It provides them with their own food to learn how to cook and do so frugally. It also provides an opportunity to sell what they’ve grown, where they can learn about commerce.
There are so many lessons kids can learn from gardening and that’s why I’ve teamed up with PACT Apparel, Whole Kids Foundation and Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens at elementary schools across the country. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500; to feed, teach, and inspire.
For as little as $10, you can help healthy, sustainable education take root at an elementary school in a challenged area of Indianapolis. Each donation will go towards expanding the urban garden so every student can reap the benefits a garden has to offer.
About the School
Challenge Foundation Academy (CFA) is a charter school located in the Meadows on northeast side of Indianapolis. Most of the 475 students at this K-5 school come from low-income families and most children enter with no pre-school training. As a school, they have drastically improved ISTEP scores of their students since opening. Also, CFA is encouraging kids to aspire to attend college at an early age and for most of them, they would be the first person in their family to go to college.
Learning outside of the textbook is at the heart of CFA and that's the reason for the garden program. Distelrath Farms, an educational farm in Indianapolis, has been teaching gardening at CFA since 2011 and the garden program provides students with information and education on food sources and nutrition. But there are many, many lessons to learn from gardening.
A True Seed Investment
What CFA current has is great, but small. By raising $2,500, CFA would be able to triple the size of the gardens on the school grounds and each classroom would be able to have their own garden bed. The more ownership the kids have of their garden, the more they'll learn!
Look Good, Do Good
With a contribution to CFA's garden, you’ll receive organic, ethical perks from PACT Apparel. PACT socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials you can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.
Why Gardens? How about three reasons?
1. Because gardens produce healthier food: Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food to which students and families need access.
2. Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
3. Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
Please help the kids at the Challenge Foundation Academy with a donation today!