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Good News on an International Call for the promotion of school gardens

  • Subject: [cg] Good News on an International Call for the promotion of school gardens
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 13:44:57 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

At the November meeting of SlowFood's International Congress, Alice Waters
was elected the international vice president.  And here's some news about
her request to each local group:

"Newly elected international vice president Alice Waters proposed her own
challenge to the assembly. Inspired by the success of the edible schoolyard
project she helped develop in a Berkley public school nine years ago, she
suggests that every Slow Food Convivium work to promote and create edible
schoolyards in their areas. The concept, already working in 30 American
schools, is for children to plant and tend fruit and vegetable gardens and
learn to cook with their fresh produce, all as part of a school curriculum.
With school gardens children become connected to the land and to food, learn
about seasonality, and enjoy the unparalleled taste of freshly grown food."

One of the main foci of this congress was a call from officer Giocomo Mojoli
for the increase of "environmental sustainability in agriculture into Slow
Food’s taste education projects. Rather than viewing the health of a country
as how much they produce and consume, he suggests we consume less and pay
more attention to sustainability and quality."

So each local group is asked to become more involved in the ecology of the
local foods.  Most of the local groups will not have been involved in
gardening aspects or growing of heirloom vegtables as a group or have
sponsored a community garden.  Hopefully, there may be members in some
groups that have this as a personal interest.  So most groups would probably
benefit from people with experience in setting up community gardens and
particularly school gardens.  In the US now, I think there are around 130
local groups (not sure about counts in other countries), and if each does
the minimum of helaping to start at least one school garden, that would be
130 new community gardens started up in the near future.

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