I would like to begin my reflection by first saying that overall Botany this year for me has a great and knowledgeable experience. That experience is what lead me to have the ability to create an interview as such. What is a garden? A piece of ground used to grow plants What is sustainability? The ability to maintain a certain level or rate How does one manage a garden in different locations: outdoor, school, indoor, community gardens? Depending on the location and plants being grown you may need to provide different amounts of sunlight, different amount of space, and amounts of attention. What are the needs of the garden and how are they maintained? A garden needs to be watered, placed in sunlight. It also needs to be trimmed cut of weeds, making sure that it has everything that it needs and is no other species are affecting it negatively. To maintain it you must make sure all of the things stated before remain at a good state and level. What type of soil / or water pH levels do you need for different edible plants? Why does pH matter? How can we maintain the pH of our water and soil? The pH levels are important because it shows people the balance of water when it comes to the water being too acidic or too alkaline. According to eskawater.com, a good way to keep a human’s pH level at the balance is to drink alkaline water, and to stay away from sodas and other things that can ruin the balance. In most cases, 7 pH is the ideal pH level for plants and water. You can find that type of water underground as long as it’s not modified. How does air quality affect gardens? How can we prepare our gardens to withstand the air quality? It really depends on what kind of air. For example, if it were air pollution, the ozone would enter the plant and oxidize its tissues, leading to discolored leaves and speckled leaves that often look like they are burned or have been bleached. We can prepare our gardens by setting up a garden in an area where there is no pollution in the air, or make a greenhouse to isolate the plants from the air. What nutrients do gardens and specific edible plants need? How can the garden get the nutrients? (hint: describe composting and other nutrients that you have learned about in this class or Biochem). Garden plants need carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen as well as other nutrients that can be found in moist soil which they need. There are a few ways to get those nutrients, but first you want to make sure that the garden is exposed to air and sunlight since they are essential. The next step is to either pick up some soil from a store, or make your own soil by composting which can save you money. Then you want to plant the plants in the soil and give it plenty of water. What factors affect urban farming? Things like climate and weather can be affecting to urban farming. While not only affecting the growth of a plant along with the good or bad.While also affecting the timely manner in which the crops are distribute and affecting the shelf time of the plants. How can schools get involved in urban farming/community gardening? Within in my personal experiences i feel like there has to be more advertising for kids to be involved in gardening, but especially in the urban settings .Within advertising to the students try to give them some type of incentive to garden like being able to take a crop of their choice. Advertising a green thumb and making it seem like a popular thing could also convince students in the sense of a bandwagon effect. What factors affect urban farming/community gardening in schools? How have schools with urban farms/community gardens managed their gardens? Schools can get involved with urban farms by finding organizations to help them. If they don’t want to cooperate with an organization, they can find areas they can plant fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Find organizations/programs that support urban farming. What is their purpose and role in the community and in urban farming? Provide a brief history of the program and their contact information. (Hint: You will be interviewing someone from the organization or institution for Checkpoint 2 AND another student or school. http://www.fao.org/home/en/ -> Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations. They define Urban farming as: the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities Links; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability
Our interview consisted of a girl who had been working in a pretty well known Urban farm, Bartram's Gardens. In the interview we were able to receive much important information dealing with farming and also the impact it has on the community around it. We found out what everyday responsibilities there was working at their particular farm and farms in general. We then asked about the objective of Bartram's Gardens and when the organization came around. The organization has been around since 2008. Bartrams gardens has an impact on the community because they encourage the community to eat better they let the community know that they are growing fruits and vegetables. We also went into the factors that affect urban farming and the most important factor of urban farming and that was described to be the soil.
The factors that affected urban farming the most is the weather. Snow affects the farm because during the snow season the green family are the only things that grow. During the time the only things that grow in the snow are plants like lettuce. That is why they harvest during the summer time to get ready for the winter time. Another factor that affects it is rain. That is not directly affect the plants but for the workers. The rain helps the plants grow but as far as the workers they do not work in the rain, so they try their best to wake up the beds during the rain. In schools one of the main things that affects the gardens is consistency. Obviously you are not able to be there during later hours and weekends.
When you are growing these vegetables if you have your own garden they are free for you it just comes with labor. The gardens also sell their foods to the community. The economy is affected because these foods are normally cheaper but better for you. They also make society healthier because this is a healthier selection of foods opposed to store bought and you could taste the difference. Probably the career of a farmer or nutritionist connects botany and Urban farming concepts.
Our video is composed of various topics related to Urban Gardening. We interviewed members of the Greensgrow Farm and asked them about urban gardening, and different components of it. Some include; How do you define a garden? What is your role in the garden? What inspires you to garden and farm? & What is the best way to sustainably manage the garden? We also delve into topics such as GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and pH levels in urban gardens. We chose these topics to talk about in our interview because we believe that they are important for both producers AND consumers to know about what pertains to the food they are growing or eating. I played a role in writing our interview for the Greensgrow Farm members, and in the preliminary research we did. I think I did well in working with my group and getting our checkpoints and materials ready on time. I would have liked to be more involved in the interview process, and it helping put together our final product. The most meaningful part of creating this PSA, to me, was learning more about urban gardening - what it is, how it works, who can do it, and how it plays a role in our society. We could tie this into our essential questions this year, like "what is a garden?" Urban gardening is just one type of garden that is very meaningful and beneficial to those who participate and the ones this positivity reaches out to. Many factors can affect urban gardening, such as location, healthiness/nutrients provided in the soil, pH, and air quality. In schools, factors such as these apply, and things like management planning of the garden during breaks from school, when no one is around. This is why community gardening is so important - it brings together a community to help a common cause amongst them, for the better. Thanks to Greensgrow Farm on Cumberland Avenue for the amazing opportunity!
Summary - In our video we talk about the benefits and the reasons of why you should start a garden. We also talk about how to maintain a garden and what steps you can take to keep your garden in a good condition. The video also has some background support from a nearby urban farm on the benefits of an urban farm. We tackle questions like: what is a garden? How do people create relationships with plants? What are the needs of a garden? and How has nature and gardening affected you?
Reflection - I contributed a lotto this project. I have been the main contributor in terms of photography, writing, and planning. I was the sole editor and director of this PSA. My group mates have contributed in terms of writing and in the interview process. I think as a whole we did a good in providing a well written script that touches many points in the rubric. But I think we could improve on the quality of the images and videos used. Could have used key images in relation to what was being said. But we wanted to show the beauty and the usefulness of a garden as a backdrop to the narration. Personally I thought the most meaningful experience of creating the PSA was going out to record and photograph the indoor and outdoor gardens we have and interacting with them for the video. It really makes you appreciate the environment and having the privileged to take part in it.
Other Section - What factors affect urban gardening? Well there are many factors that effect urban gardening: community, location, neighborhood, even the plants you decide to grow. Depending on who you are surrounded by, an urban farm can thrive or not. The location can determine the benefit it has on you and the people around you, and it can really bring people in if it somewhere where they people can care about it and use it. And the Plants you grow can help bring people in too, since fresh produce is always in need and people will come to get some since it can serve as a convenient source. What factors affect urban farming in schools? The most important factor affecting urban farming in schools is the role the garden plays for the school. Whether it is used to teach or feed students and teachers can really make a difference to urban gardening in schools. What role do the economy, politics, and society play in gardens? Truly each of those things to do not need to play a role in gardening if resourceful you can keep politics out of gardening. Society plays the role of providing people who have the drive and power to garden. It is the working hands. Economy plays the role of funding the garden, but also providing people with the means to obtain produce or experience from gardens. Its the pushing and thinking mind. What Careers apply botany and urban farming concepts? Any career can apply botany and urban farming concepts. Both of these fields can provide important ideas and skills to be able to meaningfully interact with others or even improve your work. Cultivating can really help teach someone about care and purpose being put into their work and how to ensure success.
The video we created was a PSA containing two types of information. We first had an skit that consisted of the people in or group protesting on the street saying information relating to urban gardening. Then it would soon switch to an interview were took at an actual community/city urban garden. We asked them a lot of question based on our previous checkpoints to make a 21 minute interview.
To this group I contributed plenty by taking part of how we were going to do the skit; the basic idea of what we were doing. I also helped by including at least three questions to ask during the interview we would soon accomplish. I was also present in the video and the recordings.
I think our interview went perfectly because of the questions we had, the amount of care the people displayed, and the responses we got. I feel like our commercial could be better (If I had to pick an area of improvement). I’m not sure in a specific area, because I think it’s fine, but I don’t think it had the same flow of information as the interview (Even though it was 21 minutes). But I'm still very pleased with the skit.
The most meaningful part of the PSA was doing the interview, because I learned a lot of things from the questions i asked. I was very interested and it made m plan in my head that “when I get my own apartment, I will definitely have some kind of garden in my backyard”. Even after the interview, off camera, I asked another question because I was genuinely interested. It was about what kind of water was used to fuel water plants (WHICH DOESN’T NEED SOIL!).
For our Botany project, we decided to team up with Mr. Johnson to decide what the school needed. In that conversation, we discussed the possibility of making a biodegradable compost bin for the school to efficiently expose of organic materials.This would include fruit peelings, leftover food, and any other type of decomposable waste. In our bin, we would include a mixture of dirt and compost along with a lid to contain moisture. Adding worms to the bottom of the mixture was also a thought to help with the decomposing process.
For design, we decided that we would use a basic trashcan along with a wheel-based frame for easy mobility. The trash can would be mounted onto the base where it could easily be transported for disposal along with a protective cage to surround it. When stationary, there would be some kind of support to keep it from being knocked over or blown away from the wind. The soil that the bin produces can also serve as fresh compost for the gardens outside making this school a lot more environmental friendly. There would be vents in the sides so leftover moisture and pressure wouldn't build up.
In conclusion, our product could have came out more complete but we are still confident in our ability to make it productive. We wanted to incorporate more ideas and design enhancements but fell short in decisionmaking. Im confident that or project has the potential to truly reflect SLA and its core values. It would be a very significant addition to our learning community and would teach kids how to care for the world around us. I hope that future projects we create will be better and truly leave an impact on how we learn.