The mission Sustainable Seeds is to expose youth to interactive learning of mathematics, science, nutrition, environmental sustainability through the design and maintenance of an urban organic garden. Sustainable Seeds is a curriculum that engages  youth in interactive learning in the areas of mathematics, science, environment, and health and nutrition. It is a learning model created to increase academic achievement, while also exposing youth in the urban environment to agriculture and healthy living practices. Through activities centered on the maintenance of the garden, youth are taught about the process of food cultivation.

Through hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, students learn the process by which scientific experiments are designed and conducted, and recognize the importance of the scientific methodology in the exploration of topics such as pollination, water and soil quality, vegetation type, land use, and composting.  In order to facilitate an interdisciplinary application of Physical Fitness/Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Environmental Science, the program incorporates the following activities:

 

PHYSICAL FITNESS/HEALTH

*Learning proper stretching and breathing to be done before physical activity

*Benefits of participating in gardening/outdoor activities

*Health benefits of organically grown foods

*Environmental benefits of use of renewable energy sources

LANGUAGE ARTS

*Helping to compose a newsletter for distribution to parents and community members

*Describing and drawing plants and other organism from the habitat area

*Creating posters and fliers advertising urban gardening project to community and schools

MATHEMATICS

*Identifying geometric patterns in the natural habitat

*Measuring, charting, and graphing growth rates of plants

*Using problem solving during field and class activities

 

SCIENCE

*Identifying plants, insects, and other animals

*Studying the basic elements of types of energy

*Identifying components of soil and water types and how they function in an ecosystem

*Studying the process of photosynthesis