This book highlights the potential of school farms to fight hunger and malnutrition by providing access to locally produced, fresh, and healthy food as well as providing young students with educational opportunities to learn, interact with nature, and develop their skills.
Hunger is one of the most pressing concerns we face today and there is a clear need to provide alternative sources of food to feed a fast-growing population. School farms offer a sustainable opportunity to produce food locally in order to feed underprivileged students who rely on school meals as an integral part of their daily diet. Approaching the concept of school farms through four themes, Problem, People, Process, and Place, the book shows how they can play an essential role in providing sustainable and healthy food for students, the critical role educational institutions can play in promoting this process, and the positive impact hands-on farming can have on students' mental and physical wellbeing. Utilizing the authors' personal hands-on experiences, and drawing on global case studies, the book provides a theoretical framework and practical guidance to help with the establishment of school farms and community-based gardening projects and an education system which promotes a sustainable and healthy approach to food, agriculture, and the environment.
This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of food security, agriculture, healthy and sustainable diets, education for sustainable development, and urban studies. It will also be of great interest to practitioners and policymakers involved in food policy, developing school and community projects, global health and international development, as well as education professionals.
Part 01. Problem-Focused Perspective
Chapter 1. Food Education and Food for Life
Gurpinder Singh Lalli
Chapter 2. The Impacts of Hunger on Children and Adolescents: School Farming as a Panacea
Abel Ebiega Enokela
Chapter 3. Fighting with Malnutrition and Reaching Sustainable Development Goals through School Farming (Need Felt during COVID 19 Situation)
Part 02. People-Focused Perspective
Chapter 4. The School Farms Network in the UK
Chris Blythe, Ian Egginton-Metters, Michael Hardman, and Victoria Schoen
Chapter 5. Foodways, Farm, and Ecology
Frans Ari Prasetyo
Chapter 6. Psychological Benefits of School Farms to Students
Kathryn R. Terzano
Chapter 7. Harithalayam Campus Farming Mission
Divya C.Senan, Ramshad Khan R, and Jayapraveen J
Part 03. Process-Focused Perspective
Chapter 8. How do Children and Youth learn through Farming and Gardening Activities?
Linda Jolly and Erling Krogh
Chapter 9. Using the Outdoors to Enhance Learning Experiences at Secondary School
Donna Ashlee and Robyn Fuller
Chapter 10. Working Towards the Garden
Kholoud Moumani and Amani Moumani
Part 04. Place-Focused Perspective
Chapter 11. The School as a Potential Resource for the Transformation of the Territory
Chapter 12. School Roof Farms
Chapter 13. Building Community Resilience
Ali F. Bakr and Nehad A. Gawad
Chapter 14. Inclusive Learning School Farm Environment
Alshimaa A. Farag and Iman S. Hamza
Conclusion, Closing Thoughts, and Future Directions