To improve food security and nutrition for children, families and communities; and to promote sustainable agricultural practices in the Amazon that work with, not against, local ecosystems.
Our Gardens & Nutrition Program, active in seven schools since 2010, educates students, parents and teachers on organic gardening practices while improving nutrition on the school and community levels. Parents, teachers, and students participate in workdays in the gardens alongside ARP volunteers and field technicians to produce a variety of crops for consumption in school lunches. We provide workshops on organic agricultural practices and nutrition, building capacity for parents and teachers. The project is expanding to include a curriculum for agricultural clubs, integrating students into the gardens with experiential learning activities.
Principles: produce variety is important, fresh is better, organic is best!
This program improves food security and nutrition for families and communities by establishing gardens based on partners’ needs. School/community gardens currently provide alimentation to approximately 60 students and their families through three separate sites. New sites, including the new community center, are also integrating into the program. The gardens also serve as a location for our gardening workshops, where parents participate and learn organic gardening methods from ARP volunteers and staff.
In three of our partner schools, we have created Agri-Clubs to involve students in maintaining their school’s garden. The Agri-Clubs follow a curriculum that introduces students to the basis of plant and agricultural sciences through weekly lessons and garden workdays. An Agri-Club curriculum has been created through the program and shared with partner schools. Participation in Agri-Clubs allows students to take ownership of their school’s garden and gets them even more excited about the fresh produce that comes out of it!