Lettuce Grow and Learn Together
To lead a better, healthier life, our future generations need to know the where, what and how of what they eat.
Students can take a break from the desk and explore in the sun, learning about subjects like plant and insect biology, farm economics, and other natural sciences. All the while instilling a desire to eat naturally.
Lettuce is committed to changing the modern food system and economy, bringing the power of production back to the communities that consume it and into the mind of the students who learn from it. Lettuce works year round to create and maintain an abundant urban food landscape in schools to feed families in the area.
From children and teachers, to parents food connects us all. Bringing local production back into common urban spaces brings communities closer together. Students learn, families eat, and schools earn.
Every Lettuce School Farm activates a fundraising opportunity for the school hosting the farm. The school is given a subscription code unique to each school, for every subscription signup and delivery, $3 is given back to the school. Giving money back for the school to use as it pleases. Enabling the PTA and the school to grow programs or aid students in need.
Nothing is more fun than an afternoon outside in the farm. Farm games, smelling herbs, and exploring all the life that happens in a farm.
Knowledge is power! Feel confident your students and children will have a better grasp of the food they eat, the source of its nutrients, and the environment around them.
To provide hands-on learning experiences to students K-12 dealing with urban farms, agriculture, and local food. Imagine a generation of students who learned next to a full production farm for their entire school career.
To grow nutritious, sustainable, clean food for the local community. In addition to education students also can have easy access to healthy, living food grown in their community.
To generate extra revenue for a school, the PTA, or the students. A much needed boost to local schools!
Upon installation of the farm, each school is given a unique school subscription code. This is used by parents, teachers, and family at Lettuce.fm when signing up for any of the Lettuce local food delivery services.
A percentage of all the products sold to subscribers who use the schools subscription code goes back to the school each month, for the duration of that subscribers purchases from Lettuce.fm.
A Lettuce Urban Farmer with experience and knowledge required to keep your school urban farm productive year round.
No, Lettuce invests all farming infrastructure and implements at no cost to the school, teachers, or parents.
No. Lettuce staff is responsible for the installation, set up, and maintenance of your school farm.
Lettuce will keep the farm growing and producing throughout the year. Lettuce farms are production farms, and produce is planted and harvested weekly. Of course there are times of the year that are leaner than others.
We prefer to establish our farms in native soil, amended with compost and natural fertilizer, this rejuvenates the existing micro-biology in the soil and makes for a productive farm ready to feed the community. A soil test is also taken to test for pollutants and toxins, to ensure clean healthy produce.
In evaluating an area for a potential farm, we look for soil that is:
- Generally rock free
- Loose or soft in texture
- Dark in color
- Generally free of trees/shade
- Relatively unused in the past few years.
There are always exceptions. Please contact us through the school inquiry form below if you have specific questions regarding your plot of land and we will come do a site review.
The sun us crucial for vegetable production. At least 6-8 hours of continuous and direct sunlight is required for most plants to produce full and plump foliage and fruits like squash, tomatoes, broccoli, and kale.
Additionally, a Southern facing farm with Western afternoon shade is preferred, as mid-summer days are long and hot and plants typically need a break after a long day of sun.
We require unhindered and secure access to a clean water source. Water should be located within 150 feet of the garden site, with a strong flow and PSI (60-100 PSI), and a sealed, sturdy hose bib, or spigot with no leaks. Rain barrels are also an acceptable water source in addition to a regular water connection, again barrels must be located within 150 feet of the garden plot, and the rain barrels must collectively hold over 250 gallons of water. Lettuce can work with facilities to update the existing outdoor fixtures required for a successful farm.
A commitment from the Principal and the PTA/PTC is crucial. Approval from the schoolyard improvement board for your Lettuce farm is imperative. Willingness to work with Lettuce Urban Farmers to cross any hurdles for the successful initiation and to provide continued support. This is your fundraising opportunity. How much work you put in to spread the word will directly reflect in how much funding you raise.
Lettuce School Urban Farms are year-round, full production vegetable farms, and depending on the age of students effects what degree of participation students may take.
Students cannot work out on the Lettuce farm. If there is interest from students and teachers, Lettuce can organize a Farm Education Day.
i.) If you have an ag program, ag students, supervised by their ag teacher, will have occasional days to help the Lettuce farm team work on the Lettuce school farm.
ii.) If you do not have an ag program, middle school students will not be able to work on the Lettuce farm. If there is an interest from students and teachers Lettuce can organize an Farm Education Day.
Occasionally, with teacher supervision and instruction, students will be able to join our Lettuce farm team to work on your Lettuce school farm.
A Lettuce farm can be a wonderful contrast to a school operated garden. Our farms are full production farms that are operated and maintained, even over holidays and summer breaks, year-round. Kids have the chance to see the abundance that local and sustainable farms can produce and get to return each year to a thriving farm.
Additionally, schools have the opportunity to join the local and sustainable farm movement, be a contributor to the local food economy, and support healthy lives across Austin.
School Inquiry Form
If you are interested in getting the Lettuce School Program at your school, please fill out this form and our school program coordinator will get back to you with more information.
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Bring Home the Farm!
Lettuce can install Food Gardens in your front or backyard, bringing a source of fresh produce growing just steps from your kitchen.
Take your kids’ engagement with fresh food to the next level.
Lettuce Food Gardens are supported by the Lettuce Urban Farmers to help you get the most out of each season.
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