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Session 3 Details about the Gardens

OVERVIEW: A simple hydroponic garden can produce food for the family and income to trade for food. It is important to have a suitable place for the garden, adequate security and sunny space. Even very small garden containers can help provide food. A garden needs a water supply and community gardens can be organized for many people.

PURPOSE: To describe the needs of a garden and the possible income and amount of food produced.


  1. Understand the resources needed for a garden and what it can produce
  2. Understand how climate or a poor location can reduce the potential of the garden
  3. Understand the garden can be almost any size
  4. Know how much water is needed
  5. Realize there could be a community garden for those who have no land

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: For the practical part of the class, the students design a garden on paper that provides food or money. They draw on the paper what they need to build the garden and what it should produce.

Home Hydroponic Gardens Your garden
Growing your own food in a tub garden
A hydroponic survival garden
Comic Book about building a garden


  1. Present the slides for deatials of the garden
  2. Take time for questions from the students or comments
  3. Have a group discussion of possible materials that can be used for the garden.
  4. Have students bring possible materials to use the next day
  5. Meet for a review of the material

Slide Shows

  1. Microgardens - A closer look
  2. Location of the Garden
  3. Protecting the garden
  4. Sizes of Gardens
  5. Water Supply needed
  6. Space required community resources

TYING IT TOGETHER: At the end of the session, the student should have an understanding of the resources required to build a simplified hydroponic garden and the possible growing potential.

Revised: 1 January 2005
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