Each planting cycle begins with students planting seeds in organic soil, watering their plants and pouring out the excess water. Over the next 7-10 days students pet the plants with their hands (to mimic wind), spin the planters around when the greens lean toward the sun, check if the plants need water by lifting the planter and looking closely, watch the soil absorb the water through bottom watering, and check out the roots peeking through the drainage holes (or through the sides of our see-through planters!). At the end they cut and eat the flavorful greens they grew themselves. They can even explore the roots up close before composting or discarding the soil.
3+ hours of fine motor, gross motor, & STEM activity
To accommodate the unique education challenges we are all facing in 2020, we are offering our Educator Package to you in two ways:
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Supports Teachers & Educators
We believe schooling is the most important institution in our society because it shapes the values of tomorrow, especially how our children will value nature.
Each interaction with plants nurtures a love and understanding of nature that will stay with kids their entire lives. Therefore we designed a planter that helps teachers to plant with their students whenever it works for their curriculum and schedule. Features of the KnowingNature Planter that support learning include
FUN. Real gardening year round. It is the experience we all love, available every month of the year. NO high tech, grow lights, peat pellets or gels.
EASY TO USE. For all ages, experiences & abilities (even the "I-kill-plants" types). All you need is a windowsill & water, we provide everything else.
STORES EASY. When not in use, the planters make durable & attractive holders for all kinds of classroom materials, or can be stacked & stored efficiently until the next planting.
OPEN-ENDED. Use it for fun, for food, for learning, for exploring or for calm. It's there to meet YOUR classroom needs. See relevant Common Core Standards below.
INTERACTIVE. Because we all learn from doing, our gardens are designed to be an interactive experience from start to finish, and everything is specially designed to be easy to use, durable and (almost) mess free. Students smell, see and touch the soil and plants, harvest and eat the greens, and can even pull up and explore the roots.
FAST RESULTS. Kids stay engaged with fast growth - most gardens are ready to eat in just 7-10 days.
SAFE. Our planter is BPA free, pthalate free & made of FDA certified food safe plastic. Our seeds are organic & Non-GMO. Our soil is fertilizer free, pesticide free, manure free and sustainably sourced.
THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT. Get soil & seed refills delivered to you when you need them, or schedule deliveries in advance. No lifting and storing giant soil bags and seeds going bad or attracting pests in a closet.