School gardens sprout lessons in South African schools

11/27/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The nonprofit group, Schools Environmental Education and Development, is training teachers throughout South Africa to design, plant and nurture gardens based on sustainable agricultural models. The gardens, planted at schools, then become the basis for lessons on science, geography and economics, as well as providing food for students and their families. Leigh Brown, SEED's co-founder and director, said such lessons are especially relevant in South Africa, where about one-quarter of students go to school hungry.

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