School gardens nurture knowledge

Ecuador: Children in school vegetable garden tending lettuce in the Chimborazo area
FAO/16299/G. Bizzarri

Gardens offer great potential for learning as well as improving household food supplies. By providing vegetables, fruits, medicinal plants and even staple crops, a garden brings much-needed diversity to school lunches, adding crucial micronutrients. A school garden combined with lessons in nutrition teaches not just students but also their families about the importance of a healthy, varied diet.

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