Farm Blog - June 2017

Overview

The Big Sunflower Project

We are growing sunflowers as part of the Big Sunflower Project this year. The worldwide project aims to increase knowledge of rare neuromuscular conditions known as centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by asking people to grow a sunflower in order to raise awareness.

Centronuclear and myotubular myopathy affects muscle use and tone in both children and adults with many of those affected having difficulties breathing, walking and communicating. We discussed how we often take for granted the fact that we can speak, walk and run with ease when there are some people who need extra help and support from others to do these simple things. We are pleased we can offer our support and help raise awareness of these diseases by growing sunflowers and documenting our progress.

Group 7 have been chosen to be our planting leaders this term and will beinvolved in sowing, growing and nurturing the sun flowers as well as all other produce at Trinity Farm. This recycling conscious class sowed their sunflower seeds into plastic bottles turning non-biodegradable rubbish into beautiful planters. After conducting some light research, we were shocked to find out that it can take as long as 450 years for a plastic bottle to completely degrade!

Please check back to see a video tutorial showing you step by step how to create your own plastic bottle planters.

Clicking the link allows you to see where all of the other people growing sunflowers are located. We are extremely excited to be part of a worldwide project and were very interested to see that sunflowers are being grown as far away as Dubai and in South America!

We all made predictions as to which country we think will grow the best sunflowers. Some of us think sunflowers grown in hotter climates will grow the quickest and the tallest as they will get more sunlight, but others disagreed and believe that if the weather is hotter the flowers will need be watered more which would actually make them harder to grow, Brendan explains “you would have to make sure you remembered to water them and take better care of them if it was hot”.

We are monitoring the competition by checking the photographs and stories section of the big sunflower project website regularly.

Keep up to date with our progress here on the farm blog.