Reduce Carbon Emissions by Growing Your Own Garlic

Name MaryEllen St.Angelo
Email maryellenst@sbcglobal.net
Title of Activity Reduce carbon emissions by growing your own garlic
Name of School Carmel Middle School
Time Needed: 1 club session (45 min)
Materials Needed:
  1. Planter pots (we used three that were about 18 in. tall and had a 12 in. diameter on top). 
  2. Soil (we used homemade leaf compost soil plus a bit of yard soil) 
  3. Organic garlic bulbs 
  4. Drop cloth 
  5. Computer for research
Description of Activity:
  1. Have kids guess where garlic is grown. Then look it up on computer.
  2. Choose a state/country where it is grown.
  3. Use the following website to calculate how much fuel is used to transport garlic from that location. The website also tells how many pounds of CO2 are released into the atmosphere due to the transport, plus how many trees are needed to offset that CO2. Note that semi trucks get 5-8 mpg!http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=439:calculating-your-foodometer&catid=86:middle-school&Itemid=61
  4. The kids plant the garlic in the pots of soil. Have them break off cloves from the bulb, leaving on the papery “skin.” Plant 2 inches deep and 5 inches apart, tips up. Garlic will be ready to harvest next summer. Each clove bears a bulb.
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