The new phase of the program being dubbed “Take 5 2.0,” will begin at the Agriculture Open Day, sponsored by the St. Kitts Ministry of Agriculture on 26th -27th April, where elementary schools throughout the federation will receive a set of five seedlings.
Schools will compete throughout May to see which elementary students do the best job of maintaining and documenting plant growth in their five seedlings.
CFBC Science Club President Tishanna Hazel indicated that the focus on elementary students is a good way to create a stronger effort on sustainable agriculture. “By working with elementary students and encouraging their participation in organic gardening, we are preparing the way for greater interest in farming in the years to come,” she said.
Ms. Hazel also explained that the programme will include distribution of a lab report poster board to each school where students are required to enter weekly observations of plant growth, watering, pest and disease impacts, and any plant mortality.
The original Take 5 program invited faculty and staff from the CFBC as well as members of the general public to bring five containers into the campus where they received seedlings of spinach and pak choy planted in a special blend of potting soil made from carbon-rich fill-to-press and top soil exposed by local road construction.
The CFBC Science Club is an organization whose mission is to educate the CFBC community and the wider society about environmental issues, to improve environmental practices on campus and throughout the island, and to sponsor environmental activities.