April 9, 2013
New Food Gardens Help Poor Villages
About Sow-It-Forward - Partnership with KGI
Why Food Gardens - Help People AND Animals
HAITI - teaching garden for school, events & home
KENYA - organic school garden grows indigenous vegetables
TANZANIA - mini-trees and vegetables for school
MALAWI - complete nutritional porridge program
PAKISTAN - food gardening empowering girls school
SWAZILAND - low input, high-yield self-sufficiency
UGANDA - new garden provides nutrition for orphans
About Sow-It-Forward -- Partnership with KGI
A Well-Fed World has partnered with Kitchen Gardeners International for their new Sow-It-Forward program.
This project is constructing a new organic school garden planted with indigenous vegetables.
Similar to our Global Grants, mini-grants of $300-$600 are awarded to select schools, community gardens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and other nonprofit causes to strengthen and create food gardens that provide fresh produce and other social benefits to their communities.
At A Well-Fed World, we're thrilled to Sponsor the 7 specially-chosen projects below.
Why Food Gardens -- Help People AND Animals
The immediate benefit of feeding people in need is easily apparent in food gardens.
What also makes food gardens special is that they are self-sustaining, skill-enhancing, and community-building. They provide an easy, inexpensive, and ongoing source of healthful food that is adaptable and appropriate to the region.
Another key feature of food gardens is that they thrive without the use of animals. Food gardens dispel the myth that poor, rural communities inherently benefit from animals used for food and they set an excellent precedent for other food reform.
Finally, food gardens naturally reduce the demand for meat and animal products by providing protein and nutrients directly from plant sources.
Read more about veganic farming.
Haiti - Creating a Teaching and Community Garden
LaVallee, Haiti was the breadbasket of Haiti but much of the land was taken over by large agricultural businesses and most of the food is now shipped to other locations.
Our partnership is helping create a teaching garden where children and adults learn to work the land, save seeds, preserve food, address crop challenges, and share information.
The fresh produce will provide meals at functions for children, such as English classes, local crafting, music lessons, and more.
Kenya - Constructing an Organic School Garden
Food production has declined in Kenya due to climate disruptions and poor farming methods.
This project will train and encourage students to grow their own healthful foods at school and at home for increased food and nutrition security.
Tanzania - Planting Trees for Health
Working with one of the poorest schools in Tanzania, community organizers, volunteers and students have already planted 500 trees.
A mini-tree nursery was also built to grow trees from seeds, then transplant them and teach the technique of double-digging.
The gardens will provide key vegetables including greens, tomatoes, and beans to feed the students, thus better enabling them to reach their potential.
Malawi - Building a Nutritional Porridge Program
This project is creating the first completely sustainable nutritional porridge and feeding program. One that will grow all the ingredients without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The garden will feed around 200 vulnerable children. The program will provide the initial seeds, basic equipment, and training.
The design of this model is to inspire schools and communities to establish their own sustainable gardens.
Pakistan - Digging a 2nd Food Garden at School for Girls
We will improve the current food garden and establish a new one at a girls school in Islamabad.
These gardens will empower the girls by teaching them how to grow foods and seeds for themselves and to share.
After the training is complete, each student will receive a seed kit of lettuce and herbs to start a plot at her home.
Swaziland - Scaling-Up a Community Garden
Growing Resilient Communities improves the environment and reduces poverty.
Training helps move people from severe poverty into subsistence by developing low-input, high yielding production methods.
Central to such self-sufficiency is sowing GM-free, open-pollinate seed for harvesting & reinvesting each year.
Uganda - Building a New Garden for Orphanage
Our project serves 61 resident orphans in the Orphfund Fair Earth Children's Village.
Their meals have lacked variety due to financial constraints, so the garden will immensely enhance the children's nutrition and well-being.
In addition to immediately feeding the children, the garden is a learning resource so that they can utilize their skills elsewhere. The garden is also a model for the larger community.
Want to Help More?
If one or more of the projects moves you, please consider donating to one of them or the larger program. We will pass along 100% of your donation... just write a note in the comment field. Thank you!
(Dawn Moncrief, Founding Director)