A Thousand Good, Clean and Fair Gardens The thousand gardens are concrete models of sustainable agriculture, sensitive to different contexts (environmental, socioeconomic and cultural) and easily replicable.
The project involves the creation of school, community and gardens.
A good garden guarantees fresh and genuine products, promotes local products , safeguards traditional recipes, produces quality food products.
A clean garden respects the environment, uses soil and water sustainably, protects biodiversity.
A fair garden is a community experience, bringing together different generations and social groups; promotes the knowledge and skills of farmers, improving their autonomy and self- esteem; and encourages food sovereignty, giving the community the possibility to choose what to grow and eat.
Testimonies from Africa "Participation in the school gardens project in no way harms scholastic achievement. On the contrary, our experience since 2005 has shown that of the 10 top students in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), there are always 4 to 6 who have taken part in many school gardens project." George Ng'ang'a, teacher at Michinda school (Kenya)
"The students have thrown out a challenge to the community, reminding us of the importance of a clean environment and our responsibilities for the health of the planet." Mzee Maina, parent of a pupil at Subuku school (Kenya)
"I tasted gooseberries for the first time today, and I have now decided to plant an even bigger garden at home than the one at school!" Nalweyiso Jovia, pupil at St. Andrew's Primary School (Uganda)
"I just want to thank Slow Food project for thinking about the future. We are getting old and children do not want to produce food. Then who will feed them and their children? Thank you for teaching these boys and girls to control food production. At least now I know they will have food." Eliazari Magala, grandfather (Uganda)
"Since our school joined this project, we have seen an increase in school attendance, especially for agriculture class, and interest amongst the children has increased." John Kyobe, agriculture teacher at St. Balikuddembe Senior School Mukuno (Uganda)
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