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This Lesson Library contains all the lessons in the Intermediate Level of the Edible Learning Lab. Use the search fields below to narrow the list of lessons. You can also view the Beginner Level and Advanced Level lessons or the entire Edible Learning Lab Curriculum in the Resource Library.
The food production cycle removes nutrients from the soil leaving a need for amendments to replace what was lost. This lesson helps students interpret results of the soil test to identify the nutrient deficiencies and the amendments that can be used to replenish them.
Nutrient recapture has multiple affects on the garden and the planet at large. This lesson explores how nutrients can be recaptured from kitchen scraps to improve soil and ease pressure on the landfill.
Companion planting can maximize yields and improve taste for many varieties. This lesson dives deep into companions, allowing students to experiment with different pairings to determine which has the most impact on carrots.
A critical skill for anyone growing food commercially is the ability to forecast revenue from a harvest. This lesson helps students evaluate the market for their produce and project the potential revenue from a harvest.
Potting up gives young starts the room to develop a stronger root system and provides additional nutrients for uptake during this critical stage of development. This lesson teaches students how to properly pot up young starts.
Mulching helps to retain moisture in the soil that would otherwise evaporate and maintain lower soil temperatures. In this lesson, students will compare mulched and unmulched soil to observe the impact first-hand.
The surface dwelling bugs in the garden are the ones seen most often. In this lesson, students will expand the catalog of organisms found in the Lab by adding the visible surface dwellers for future reference.
The bad bugs will come, believe that. In this lesson, students will test natural pest control methods head-to-head to prepare for future infestations. It's better to know now what works than to scramble later for a workable solution.
Tim is Modern Steader's Lab Strategist, working tirelessly to bring future Edible Learning Labs to life. Under his direct leadership, the flagship Lab in Buffalo, WY has given more than 400 students the opportunity to explore the soil to table process.
At home, he is a passionate locavore, and doting husband and father, living in the Bighorns of northern Wyoming.
Dave is a husband, foodie and entrepreneur striving to live healthier and happier through better food and outdoor living. He started his urban garden in early 2013 in an effort to grow as much of his own food as possible. Dave is continually learning to live more simply, waste less, be more efficient and generally build a better skill set.