From design, implementation and curriculum to fundraising, volunteers and school policy, this comprehensive “how to” guide offers a clear road map for developing a successful school garden program in any community, based on Slow Food values: Good, Clean and Fair. “Good” food that is delicious and healthy for the body; “clean” food that is sustainably grown without chemical pesticides; and “fair” food that provides reasonable compensation for those who grow and prepare the food. Grow fresh food where processed and/or fast foods are prevalent, with an emphasis on seasonality (for best flavor) and camaraderie in growing, preparing and sharing the food. Emphasis placed on growing foods that are at-risk of extinction, as well as demonstrating respect for local food cultures and protecting these traditions.
By understanding where our food comes from, how it was produced and by whom, adults and children can learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food. Our education projects differ from most food education as they are based on the idea that food means pleasure, culture and conviviality.
The Gift of Bees is a 32 page .pdf download all about bees, their products and how to raise them, published by Slow Food International Foundation for Bio-Diversity .
The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates.
Rich biodiversity is crucial to our food security.
Without it, just one new virus or pest could decimate an entire plant or animal species – leaving us vulnerable to famine and destroying our planet’s environmental stability.