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10,000 African slow food gardens

July 24, 2014

Make Wealth History

Four years ago the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity launched a project to create 1,000 slow food gardens in Africa. Last year they passed their target, and having mobilised 50,000 people to take an interest in community food growing, they decided to re-launch with a little more ambition. They now aim to create 10,000 gardens.

All very nice, but what exactly is a ‘slow food garden’, and why would Africa want them? The Slow Food Foundation have ten characteristics that they work to, and it’s a nice combination of community engagement, food security and appropriate technology.

  1. They are community created, with input from everybody, and a particular focus on drawing in the expertise of older generations and passing it on.
  2. Before building, observe. Every garden should reflect the needs and resources of the local area, with relevant plants and techniques, and local materials used in any construction.
  3. Use space…

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