Financial Contributions & Responsibilites
The Little Green Thumbs Program has a cost of $3750 per site. However, subsidies through various funders are available for a limited number of organization in need of financial assistance.
The following questions help us select participants that are committed to the time and resources required for a successful program. In our experience, the schools with the most success have the following characteristics:
Please indicate your agreement to participate in the following information gathering:
Space:The garden area needs to be approximately 6 x 6 feet, ideally accessible from 3 sides.
Ceiling: The grow light will be suspended with two chains and T-bar clips. If you have ceiling tiles held up by T-bars, the T-bar clips can be used. If not, we will be using hooks. Please verify that hooks can be screwed into your ceiling where the garden will be located. The light can be suspended from existing lights; please note that the maximum weight of the light assembly is 9 lbs (4 kg).
Electrical: The grow light must be plugged into a lightly loaded electrical circuit and must not be on a circuit that is already used for computers, Smart Board, printers and microwave ovens. The distance from the centre of the garden area to the electrical outlet should not be more than 9 feet, as the power chord for the grow light is relatively short. You can use a three prong grounded extension chord (SFE does not provide that), if there is no suitable outlet nearby. Please note: the use of an indoor grow lamp will result in an increase in your electricity bill.
It is our goal that your organization will continue to garden year after year and we will do our best to provide advice and support. Sustainable Food Edmonton will supply the complete garden kit and training for your first gardening season. In subsequent years, you may need to purchase new supplies (i.e., potting mix, seeds, fertilizer) for an estimated cost of $75. Approximately every 4 years, you will need to purchase a new grow bulb for $85. We recommend you set aside some funds for supply replacement although depending on our funding; we may be able to help with annual supplies to a maximum of $50. Check with your Little Green Thumbs Coordinator for more information.
To make sure the indoor garden is ready for use year after year, it is very important to tidy up and store the garden as a complete kit (including the Little Green Thumbs Program Binder) during the summer. It is important that you involve other teachers and maybe parents, to ensure that others know how to use the garden and where the materials are stored. If your organization chooses to discontinue the program, all materials must be returned to Sustainable Food Edmonton. The Program Facilitator will follow up each Fall to determine whether you will be continuing the program for the new school year and arrange for pick up of materials if your organization wishes to discontinue the program.