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Vadavalli – School Garden

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Touch the Soil News #808 (Feature photo – courtesy of Vadavalli School District) When it comes to food, are third-world nations leading the way ahead of first-world nations? In the first world, folks are suffering from obesity, diabetes, poor nutrition, toxins in food and urban isolation. However, in the city of Vadavalli, India (45,000 people) the school district has launched an organic school farm (see photo above). The idea was kick-started by the district’s chief education officer. The students raise spinach, tomatoes, pumpkins, coriander and lettuce among other things. A local organic farmer teaches students the basics and provides free organic seeds. The school-garden produce is used at the school…

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Does Your School District Have a Farm?

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Touch the Soil News #263 If you live in Elkhart, Indiana – a city of some 51,000 residents – your school district not only has a farm, but a full time agriscience coordinator. Elkhart School District has 14 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 high schools – 13,000 students in all. Reporter Michelle Sokol of the Elkhart Truth provided the details of this bold move by the Elkhart School District. Elkhart elementary students get their first agricultural experience at the school farm. (Photo courtesy of J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth) With the recent hiring of Cyndy Keeling as the agriscience coordinator, the plan is to create the largest public…

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