ACFN’s Community Wellbeing program supports many community projects, one of which is sustainable food production. Building on the momentum of ACFN’s Growcer trailer and the upcoming 3NE Sustainable Food Production Centre, ACFN has launched a neat sprout demonstration project at the Fort Chipewyan Community High School (FCCHS). They want to promote community awareness about growing vegetables and herbs right here in Fort Chipewyan! There are a wide variety of sprouts and they require no soil or nutrients, just water! They’re affordable, easy to grow, low maintenance, tasty and best of all, they grow quickly – some in as little as 5 days!
This demonstration shows that traditional soil gardening and hydroponics systems aren’t the only ways to grow affordable greens at home. FCCHS has decided to start growing their first batch of “Spring Salad”, which is a mix of broccoli, radish, red clover and alfalfa sprouts.
In addition to the Spring Salad, FCCHS also plans on growing Ancient Eastern Mix, Crimson Lentils, Mung Beans, Broccoli Brassica Mix and Alfalfa. All of these are good additions to salads, stir fries, sandwiches and wraps. The FCCHS is open all summer long and looking forward to sharing its micro-crops with students.
If you’re interested in growing your own sprouts, all you need is a wide mouth jar, a piece of screen and some seeds. It’s THAT EASY! Check out the Learning Page on the 3NE website to find out how to grow sprouts in a jar or click here.