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Vadavalli – School Garden

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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First Lady Michelle Obama – Schools Should Teach Children How to Raise, Harvest and Prepare Their Own Food

Touch the Soil News #324 Upon arriving at the White House (seven years ago), first lady Michelle Obama took healthy eating into her own hands and established a kitchen garden on the White House Lawn. In addition to sourcing food from the garden, it has become a public learning place for children. The education is about food from seed to plate. First Lady Michelle Obama and chef Sam Kass plant the White House kitchen garden with the help of Bancroft Elementary School fifth graders in 2009 (Photo courtesy of the White House) Today, the White House Kitchen Garden is open for tours to community groups and schools. A maximum group…

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