One important aspect of school nutrition and food security is the development of school gardens. We work closely with students, teachers and parents to create a garden at every school served. We use the Biointensive method of organic gardening to produce more food in less space, with fewer resources.
The school gardens are as much about teaching children and their families how to grow nutritious food as they are about producing food for school lunches. Students, teachers and parents learn important techniques for growing food, which can be replicated at home. In the process, school gardens have produced tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and a wealth of other nutritious vegetables—all used to prepare school lunches.
Without question, tending to the school garden is one of the most exciting activities in our health and nutrition program. Learning how to grow nutritious food is a critical life skill for guaranteeing food security in the future.