ecoPOPs are interactive, educational tools that grow an understanding of sustainability
They provide a stimulating and fun way to learn about local farming, solar energy, water harvesting, and creating a habitat for native plants, birds and insects.
What goes into putting a healthy meal on the table?
How does the production of food impact society? Following the path from "soil to society," ecoPOPs provide students with an insight into the impact of our food choices.
1. Growing food: the installation allows students to grow herbs and other edible plants and discuss a range of issues dealing with this process. Children can learn that in order to grow healthy vegetables, the garden needs sunlight, good soil, water, and lots of love and attention, and they can discuss and monitor the different ecoPOP features that provide the plants with what they need.
2. Getting food: most children aren't aware of how their food gets to the dinner table, and an ecoPOP is a great way to teach children about local farming and ways to avoid the long-distance transport of food along with the processing, packaging, and preparation that usually goes with it.
3. Harvesting water and solar energy: through working with ecoPOPs, kids will learnt he value of water and gain an understanding of how much water it takes to grow plants. They will not only be able to observe the self-irrigating system, but they will also learn about creative ways to use solar energy and rainwater to keep their garden thriving.
4. Turning food waste into a resource: ecoPOPs not only teach children the value of local farming, but about the importance of a closed loop food cycle as well: they watch their food waste decompose in the worm farm, which feeds their gardens so more food and other plants can grow.
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