El Huerto Escolar de Escuela Primaria Rural Felipe Carrillo
The Texmalaquilla Elementary School is located in an impoverished town of about 1,000 people in the mountains of Puebla, Mexico. The community makes their living on subsistence farming using chemicals and unsustainable farming practices. We hope to teach the children sustainable gardening practices using a mixture of biointensive and square foot gardening methods. A food garden and a medicinal garden will be created at the school and food from the garden will go to supplement the school lunch and the kids will be taught about medicinal plant uses. Along with teaching the children in the school, we also plan on giving workshops to parents of the community on starting a food and medicinal garden at home. The goal of this project is to increase food security by providing tools and building local capacity of sustainable agriculture.
The children are also involved in recycling projects turning trash into art and reusable items in their classes. We hope to incorporate the recycling projects into the new gardens by using the trash to create a greenhouse, garden borders, watering cans, seed trays, etc. In May 2014 we hope to have a harvest fair to showcase the garden and recycling projects to the community and surrounding schools.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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