Lesson Plan: Introduction to Perennial Polycultures
Also: Carbon Re-Sequestration Demonstration
GRADE LEVELS: 7-12
DESCRIPTION: Students are introduced to a number of agricultural and environmental concepts while learning about innovative perennial polyculture research modeled after the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Students read and summarize article, completing vocabulary review.
Companion Carbon Re-Sequestration Demonstration describes how turning an annual monoculture into a perennial polyculture increases the available soil organic carbon (can be watched on video or performed in class). Students extend learning by further exploring research into development of specific perennial crops, and/or researching the life and work of Kansas visionary Wes Jacksons