La Palma Community Garden
The Rural Education Institute of Mexico (Rural Ed) functions as a place between home and school where children learn critical life skills. The organization has one garden established near a community center where Rural Ed provides programming in La Palma in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. The goal of this garden plot is to provide the opportunity to bring a different approach to education; by incorporating the food the youth grow with the teaching of leadership, responsibility, English language, and environmental education.
The youth and families in Rural Ed’s programs live in rural communities where the closest source for healthy foods is located more than 30 minutes away. Rural Ed partners with the community to support the education of their youth through collaborating and working together to grow fresh produce in the garden. With support of Rural Ed, the youth working together with the community can grow and harvest over 20 different varieties of organic vegetables for consumption. The goal of the garden in twofold: to provide access to healthy, organic produce for the community and to utilize the garden as an opportunity to provide a unique learning opportunity for the children in our programs. The children will be able to take ownership and responsibility for various aspects of gardening, while learning a new skillset. Rural Ed will introduce a new environmental education curriculum, which children do not have access to within public schools. The garden also serves as a hands-on tool for English language acquisition. The children will conduct projects utilizing the computer lab to research about gardening and learn various English phrases and vocabulary related to gardening. Overall the garden in La Palma serves as a vehicle for the children to engage with their community and learn critical life skills.
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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