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Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative

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A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.

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School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.

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Community gardens flourishing in Kentville, Nova Scotia

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Stems Cafe sous chef Tammy Vaughan, Kentville Community Garden president Sarah Hiltz and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Candy O’Brien enjoy a SOUP (Share Our Urban Produce) tasting at the Wolfville-based cafe Aug. 1. Photo by Ashley Thompson.

A community garden project is filling the hearts, and bellies, of several Kings County residents concerned about food security.

By Ashley Thompson
Kings County News
August 02, 2015

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“Every single one of my clients, food security is a huge issue. Anyone who is on income assistance right now is taking from their grocery bill to pay their rent,” said O’Brien, who assists people with mental health issues who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

With the community gardens, fresh vegetables are now more accessible for cash-strapped families.

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What Is a Personal Food Computer?

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A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in cities

By Heather Hansman
Smithsonian.Com
Aug 3 2015

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That “recipe” would include all the variables the farm would need to adjust to re-grow the basil the same way, like the amount of light and water, or the carbon dioxide levels inside. It’s essentially the climate for the box. Those environmental factors are what make food taste and grow a certain way, and Harper is most excited about having the ability to control the system for other outside factors, to make food as good as humanly possible. “People talk about the phenome and the genome,” he says. “We’re not doing anything in the genome, we’re just messing with the phenome.”

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