In 2018, Slow Food leaders formalized a new School Gardens Committee to draft Fair, the last in the Slow Food USA School Garden Curriculum series. The committee is organizing the Slow Food School Garden Network champions to launch the Fair curriculum at Slow Food Nations 2019.
Impacts of School Gardens: Food Justice, Access and Knowledge
- Roughly 70% of our chapters are involved with school gardens and our Garden-to-Cafeteria initiative, translating to thousand of gardens impacting over 100,000 children.
- School gardens increase students’ confidence, reinforce classroom learning, and promote healthy eating.
- School settings shape students’ food behaviors; school gardens facilitate healthier eating for those with low food access.
- Community involvement in school gardens helps address low food access issues for students and their neighborhoods. School garden presence is lacking in low-income, ethnically diverse, food-access neighborhoods, where it is most needed.
- Gardens help achieve food justice, knowledge and equal access among low-income students.