Bhoomi Ka’s vision involves sharing the benefits of eating ‘Clean, Green and Fair’ food with children, the custodians of our future.
A school garden offers a wonderful, creative space in which children of all abilities can experience or learn about nature, widen their knowledge of natural science that may be helpful in learning other subjects too. Within the school environment, it is like a living laboratory. A school garden helps in shaping the child’s intellectual, emotional and social capabilities and skills. A garden grown and maintained by the children generates a caring attitude and sense of responsibility within them. School gardens can be a part of Environment Study. It helps not only to learn about plants and environment but if planned properly, other subjects can also be taught at various levels.
In a school when a garden is planned, it is not necessary that there should be a big open space or a lawn for the garden. In most urban schools, there is not much space for a garden, so gardens can be hosted on the roof, in small tubs or hanging pots.
A garden can also be considered as a platform to learn about recycling of waste materials (like paper, tiffin waste and waste from the garden itself) through composting and vermicomposting. Gardening can be a very useful physical activity, the scope for which is decreasing in schools though its importance is increasing as food habits and life styles usher in a number of problems such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.
In a rural setup, within the ICDS centres and primary and secondary schools, there is usually ample scope to grow a garden to supplement midday meals with vegetables. This can bring about a sea change in the nutrition status of the children.
There are several schools that have approached Bhoomi Ka to implement school gardens in their premises and teach children an early lesson about food.