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This is what her e-mail proudly displayed!
GreeNIST @theRooftop is proud to announce that we have reached a major goal.
Today’s Thai meal in the cafeteria will contain morning glory from our very own rooftop! Yeah!
Fresh, organic, no transport costs or energy used.
Grown by students for the NIST community!
Since I first heard about their rooftop garden I’ve met Philip, one of the main teacher advisors for the project and gotten a bit more of the story and learned that they’ve even been featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Website!
Through community involvement and participation the garden became a reality.
Students and staff were involved right from the beginning and everyone was excited about the potential for a school in a farm/garden as it could offer lots of learning opportunities and improve the well being of the community.
However, it wasn’t always easy.
They had many failures due to the intense Bangkok heat, but they persevered and now they boast a huge variety of edibles on the roof including varieties of eggplant, pumpkins, basil, mint, spring onions, morning glory, kale, amaranth, chillies,lemon grass, gourds, okra, yard long beans, winged beans, lime, rose apple, mango, papaya, cocoa, tomatoes.
The garden is organic and the students do not use chemicals.
Their main ingredients to success: soil, manure, homemade compost, mulched leaves collected from the school campus, harvested rainwater and tons of hard work and sweat!
The garden is now productive enough for some of their produce to be featured in healthy school lunches and sales to the community!
The learning opportunities have been almost limitless and students jumped at the opportunity to make their campus greener! They hope to pass on knowledge to other schools and inspire them to create their own rooftop garden.