In September 2007 AutoPot launched a new idea called “Little Growers”. The idea behind Little Growers is to help educate children, while having fun, in the way that our food grows. AutoPot has now selected seven schools, not five as previously advised, from around the UK to launch the idea for 2008.
AutoPot will be providing all the equipment including polytunnels, self watering systems, including the AQUAvalve tray system and the aquaPots, raised beds, soil/compost, liquid fertilizer and plants. The funds raised so far from sales via the on-line shop will be used; the amount raised to date amounts to just under £400. The remainder required will be met by AutoPot and supporters of the Little Growers project.
Each school will be able to choose the plants they would like to grow, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, chillies, carrots, runner beans, garden peas, broccoli, pumpkins, etc. Each school will be provided with a full list, so the children can select what they would like to grow.
To help make the launch of Little Growers even more fun AutoPot will be running a competition with all the schools involved. We have decided to have a loofah competition. Most people if asked would tell you that a loofah is a sponge and comes from the sea. Believe it or not the loofah comes from a plant and is generally grown in the Caribbean. The school that produces the most loofahs from the two plants provided will receive a prize of £100.
To help make Little Growers prosper and more children benefit we would also like the parents of all the children to get involved. The idea is to try and make Little Growers self perpetuating. Each school will be asked to send out a newsletter to all the parents of the seven schools participating in Little Growers, informing them that their children & school will be involved in this project. Every parent then wanting to have their own self watering system at home in their greenhouse can purchase the AutoPot watering systems via the AutoPot on-line shop. Of course we will be attempting to raise funds from grants, the national lottery and corporate sponsorship but the more the parents get involved the better the concept will work.
Remember to add “Little Growers” in the comments box when ordering,
to ensure 10% of your order is donated to the Little Growers fund.