Food Gardens in Africa

What are Slow Food Gardens in Africa?

Slow Food Gardens in Africa are important project that help to improve food security and nutrition, provide access to fresh, healthy food and promote biodiversity by planting a variety of crops, including traditional and heirloom varieties. These gardens support sustainable agriculture and help to protect the environment. By using agroecological techniques, the gardens also reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, and they help to conserve water and soil fertility.

  • What We Do

    Support local communities in their journey towards a better food system

    Provide our local network with tools and guidelines to set up an agroecological garden

    Link gardeners with a wider network of colleagues from all over the continent and with trained national garden coordinators of reference, for daily support

    Empower local producers with technical trainings on agroecology

    Facilitate gardens’ education and advocacy events in the gardens

    Monitor & Evaluate the results and impact of the gardens

    Share successful stories within and outside the network through films, publications, articles, conferences and more.

  • What You Can Do

    In Africa

    Outside Africa

  • How To Set Up A Garden

    Download the Gardens Decalogue and Booklet                                

    Make sure that the gardens will be properly followed in the future. To make it thrive, we raccomend to have a group of approximately 10 people/students and a Garden Manager following the daily activities – if you don’t have a community, create one!

    This form collects the basic information on the gardens, like where it is and who manages it

    > School Gardens

    > Community Gardens

     

    Agroecology is the beating heart of SF gardens, make sure that the people managing the garden receive accurate information on how to make their own compost, multiply their seeds, enrich the soil, preserve local species of crops…the Handbook is a very helpful resource that can support you in developing a training

    The resilience of a garden increase if the gardens receive the support of the local community – spread the word and work towards a constant strengthening of the network

    Complete the forms to better understand the overall development of the garden’s activities, what is working very well and what can be improved in the future

    The F2 form, collects data on the garden (crops, management, use of natural resources..) and needs to be filled in at every cropping season

    > School Gardens

    > Community Gardens

    The F3 form aims to measure the impact of community gardens at household level, measuring income generation, food security, benefits on health and other aspects

    The Slow Food gardens network is wide and full of experienced gardeners who are very to share their knowledge, wisdom and techniques with you

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