Online learning: Food security, nutrition and home gardens

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Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi)
30 Oct - 21 Dec 2012
04 Mar - 28 Apr 2014
09 Sep - 03 Nov 2014
02 Feb - 30 Mar 2015

Course content

If the goal of this course is to get a nutritious garden planted, in OL 304, the second of this pair of courses, the goals are to learn how to care for the garden, how to increase family understanding of nutrition - including using delicious, nutrition packed recipes, and how to plan for next season's garden.

The home gardens course is used by course participants in both development and relief situations to actually develop home gardens for nutrition with the communities that they serve. This is especially useful in relief situations where people don't have land for farming but they might have a small plot for a vegetable garden. DRR practitioners combine the food security nutrition and home garden course with the climate smart agriculture course to very carefully analyze risk (frequently flooding) and then develop techniques for home gardens that are resilient to these challenges as part of a DRR plan. This can help in the long-term to reduce the risk of losing food security in the aftermath of a disaster.

For example, course participants will help community members develop gardens in a flood situation which are either protected from flood waters by flood resistant crops, by barriers or by elevating garden beds -- or by developing floating garden beds which are popular in Bangladesh.

The classes are designed to be fun and interactive: you will not only be working with your community, you will be collaborating with colleagues from around the globe. Who should attend? Southern and Northern development students, field staff, grant writers, project managers, and directors.

Course syllabus

Week 1: What is Food Security? What's necessary for good nutrition? Scientific Evidence on Gardens and Nutrition: What works? Organize a Participatory Garden Nutrition Workshop.

Week 2: Develop both a Workshop Lesson Plan and a Baseline Survey that will let us gain a better understanding of community food security and family nutrition.

Week 3: Lead a Participatory Workshop on Family Nutrition and Gardens. Share how planting a garden can increase the food a family receives. Demonstrate plants that provide essential vitamins, proteins and oils, and how harvests can coincide with the months when food reserves are low.

Week 4: Use the community feedback and the results of the baseline to plan a one-year nutrition and family garden project. Establish food security goals. Research solutions to special problems.

Week 5: Develop a project logframe, budget and schedule. They will communicate to donors and partners exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective project management.

Week 6: Organize the first garden planting workshop. Partner with experts. Find a location and assemble tools and supplies. Coordinate with nutrition and garden experts. Schedule the workshop with the community.

Week 7: How will you transfer the gardening information to the community? Turning your set of planting activities into a lesson plan and a take-home, how-to card.

Week 8. Kitchen Gardens Workshop: Dig beds, plant seeds. Participants can have a successful first-year garden, even if small. Discuss the importance of organic matter in the soil. Dig garden beds, and provide and plant seed for nutritious, vitamin A rich, local vegetables.

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Event fee

From $100 to $150

Target audience

Course participants are of all different ages, genders and professions—and have included Northern and Southern staff from INGOs, field staff from in-country NGOs, donors, executive directors, students, scientists, consultants and people who would like to transition into development work. Northern participants who don't have community access are partnered with Southern participants that do have community access.

How to register

There are only 2 steps for enrolling in the course: 1. Pay the course fee. 2. Fill out the Student Information form. Find further information online.


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