The Talking Gardens supports establishment of school gardening as innovation centers providing a spring board for increased technological uptake by small scale farmers. Towards this end the Talking Gardens has set up a school accreditation ‘journey’- a system of registration, support and accreditation. Schools that embark on this journey are accredited through three ‘pathways’: production, Innovation and community outreach.
- Production- a schools that has expressed interest and has been accepted into the program is assisted to
- Plan and establish the school garden.
- Fuse the school garden as a teaching resource in the teacher’s schemes of work across all taught subjects.
- Set up a community tree nursery at the school garden
- Set up a nutritional charity corner at the school garden. The Nutritional corner serves to provide free vegetable and other high nutritional foods for a limited time period to the very sick and malnourished members of the school community- children, parents and teachers.
- Secures in-kind donations from community members in terms of seeds, labour, fencing materials, building materials, manure etc
- Set up commercial food production for sale to the school kitchen and/or community
Upon the successful completion of these activities, the school is awarded a BRONZE POTATO
- Through class projects, learners identify farming practices of the local community and set up replica demonstration projects on small plots of land. They could focus on areas such as seed selection, soil management, climate change adaptability, pest controls and storage amongst other aspects. Both good and bad practices are teased out as well as local innovations driven by the farmers’ experiential knowledge.
- Against these community practices, the learners will identify the new knowledge in related areas coming from the agricultural research institutions and set up replica demos research side by side against the demos set up above in a manner that allows each of comparison of results.
- Set up a preservation and multiplication bank for traditional foods
- Upon the successful completion of these activities, the school is awarded a Silver Bean
- Community Outreach
- Organise community outreach activities such as having learners and teachers talk to community members during the social gatherings, school garden open days organised in partnership with the relevant government ministries, seed companies, research centres etc.
- Provide free food supplements, scholarships to needy children etc from the proceeds obtained from the school garden.
- Participate in the science congress and the Agricultural Society of Kenya public events
Successful completion of these activities earns the school a GOLD ONION and the school is now ready to adopt and monitor a partner school.
The journey model