School gardens

Slow Food’s School Garden Network aims to reconnect youth with their food by teaching them how to grow, cook and enjoy real food. Through increased confidence, knowledge gain and skill building, we want to empower children to become active participants in their food choices. By becoming informed eaters, today’s children will help make a positive impact on the larger world of food and farming well into the future.

Learn more: video from the debate about school gardens at Terra Madre 2020: 

Over the years, Slow Food has started thousands of gardens across the world, and we‘re convinced they can be a key element in food and environmental education everywhere.

The oldest of these projects was founded in 1995 by Alice Waters: the Edible Schoolyard Project, while there’s a nationwide Orti in condotta network in Italy, and an ongoing international campaign to create 10,000 Gardens in Africa. These projects are united by common objectives which allow us to consider them one giant international Slow Food network, with distinctive elements compared to other aspects of our work. This forum is an international meeting among the coordinators of Slow Food gardens to discuss their progress, what they have in common and where they differ in their struggle for good, healthy, and environmentally-friendly food education. 

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