(Buffalo, Wyo.) Through a series of grants and some hard work, an after school seed-to-table pilot program is now available to Buffalo students. Tim Miner with Modern Steader
and Kim Mueller
of the Boys and Girls Club of the Bighorns helped launch the "Edible
Learning Lab" in the unused basement of the Boys and Girls club. It is an
unconventional space for a garden, but that's part of what Miner is
teaching to students.
With the use of LED lighting and other modern technology, gardening is
possible almost anywhere, even Wyoming. The lab launched last October and
students have spent the school year learning how to build and maintain
their own sustainable gardens. 11 year old Sarah has been part of the
experience since March, and she says she loves it.
"We do a lot of work ourselves, like we water all the plants, and we
transplant them, and we hand-pollinate them," she explained. "I like
getting to see all the different plants that we have."
In addition to learning how to start an indoor garden, they've taken what
they've grown to local stores, as well. With the knowledge they've gained,
they can start growing a garden at home. Sarah's hoping that she can
continue the program even though she's going to be in the sixth grade next
"Sometimes when our work is finished for the day, we get to taste test some
of the things," Sarah says. "We have all kinds of different lettuces, and a
whole bunch of grape tomatoes, and we got to try some of those."
The plan for the future is to add cooking classes, lessons in rain
harvesting, and teach kids how to create a seed library to both archive
plants and exchange them with other members of the community. This summer
they're growing things to show at Fair, as well.
*Photos and story h/t Bright Agrotech
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