Farm Your Lunch
This is your chance to do what farmers do - grow food!
To grow your lunch in school, you will need:
- a wide mouth jar
- a piece of mesh or screen and a rubber and/or a commercial sprouting lid
- untreated seeds (alfalfa, mung bean, sesame, radish, sunflower, clover, garbanzo bean)
- a dark cupboard between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit
- Soak enough seeds to cover the bottom of the jar in cold water for 4 to 8 hours.
- Drain the water from the seeds through the screen attached to the lid of the jar.
- Keep the jar tilted downward slightly in the cupboard to allow extra water to drain out.
- Rinse seeds with cold water 2 to 4 times every day.
- Immediately remove any seeds that may become mouldy.
- In about a week, or when sprouts are about 2 to 3 inches tall, they are ready to eat!
- Refrigerate any left-over sprouts.
You can green the sprouts by leaving the jar in bright light for a few hours after they have grown (too much light will make them tough and bitter, though).
Sprouts are yummy for lunch on sandwiches and salads!
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