Sponsor a Learn & Grow Event
Businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to sponsor Learn & Grow events. Events that have already been calendared are listed on the upper right portion of this page under “Upcoming Events.” We are always looking for more opportunities to put on Learn & Grow events where we can teach children about where food comes from and how to grow their own vegetables in self-watering containers that they build themselves from recycled and/or inexpensive materials.
We are currently providing in-person Learn & Grow events in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties. We can remotely support local community volunteers in conducting their own Learn & Grow events in their local areas. You can sponsor an event already being planned, if it isn’t sponsored already, or sponsor a new event in the community of your choosing.
There are Two Ways to Sponsor a Learn & Grow Event
- Sign up with Giving Back to School (GB2S) and effectively force the insurance industry to donate to us every time your insurance policies renew – you create donation revenue that funds our programs without taking an extra dime out of your pocket
- Make a Cash Donation, which you can do by:
- Making a one-time donation of $250 to sponsor a single event
- Making a donation of $200 per event to sponsor 2 or more events
There are Several Event Formats You Can Sponsor
All of our events are designed to be relatively small so that all participants receive as much individualized attention as they need and no one walks away without new knowledge (or a self-watering bucket container loaded with live fruit and/or vegetable plants). The maximum number of participants at our typical events is 10 key participants – that is, 10 registered kids, not counting the adults who come with them, or 10 registered teens/adults, depending on the type of event you want to sponsor.
- A Project Event for Children Ages 5-9 – Participants assemble, fill, and plant one self-watering container each out of pre-cut buckets and materials after receiving instruction in how fruits and vegetables are grown. The instruction begins with the presenter slicing open ripe tomatoes and revealing their seeds to the children. The presenter then shows the children dried tomato seeds from a commercial vendor. The children are encouraged to compare the seeds in the ripe, sliced-open tomato to the dried seeds and see that they are the same thing. The children are then shown live tomato plants that are ready for planting and it is explained to them that the plants were grown from the seeds. The children then build their containers, fill them with soil with adult support, and plant two or three tomato plants in their containers. Each child is sent home with his/her own container filled with soil and plants, which he/she then fills with water at home and keeps for his/her own use. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- A Project Event for Children Ages 10-12 – Participants assemble, fill, and plant one self-watering container each out of pre-cut buckets and materials after receiving instruction on how fruits and vegetables grow and how the self-watering process works, including a demonstration of the construction of a self-watering container, from pre-cut parts to filled and planted. The importance of water conservation is discussed, as well as the value of using recycled materials when possible. Participants then build out their own buckets in teams, helping each other with following the steps of the assembly process and the heavy lifting of pouring the soil. Each participant will take his/her filled and planted container home to fill with water and keep for his/her own use. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- A How-To Seminar on Self-Watering Container Construction for Teens and Adults – Participants are taught how to convert BPA-free, food-safe, 5-gallon buckets into self-watering containers using hand and power tools, along with atrium drains and PVC pipe that has been rated as safe for drinking water. Participants are then taught how to fill & nourish the containers and grow healthy vegetables. The water cycle that develops in the self-watering system and how it conserves water are also discussed. Participants fill their containers with soil and baby plants made available at the event, which they take home to fill with water and keep for their own use. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Regardless of the type of event you sponsor, we will print weatherproof labels that say “Sponsored By:” and the sponsor’s name, plus any message that the sponsor might wish to include, and place them on the outsides of the completed self-watering containers that each event participant takes home.
For business and organizational sponsors, it might be a slogan or marketing message. For individuals, it might be a personal dedication or memorial. That message will live on for so long as the self-watering container remains in use.
To sponsor a single event on a one-time basis for $250, please click on the following Donation button:
To sponsor two (2) events at $200 each for a total of $400, please click on the following Donation button:
To sponsor three (3) events at $200 each for a total of $600, please click on the following Donation button:
To sponsor four (4) events at $200 each for a total of $800, please click on the following Donation button:
To sponsor five (5) events at $200 each for a total of $1000, please click on the following Donation button:
Host a Learn & Grow Event
See our list of event formats that can be sponsored, above. You can host these same events at a location that you make available. Nurseries that sell to the public, landscaping and yard maintenance companies, independent contractors, small local growers, and small organic grocers are all types of businesses that may be interested in hosting a Learn & Grow event at their own business location or at a local community event via a booth or table as part of a joint cause- and cross-marketing project.
To host an event, please email us at L&GEvents@kps4parents.org and give us the details of the event. We will contact you to coordinate with you further.