From the classroom to the garden. The creation of a cooperative.

From the classroom to the garden. The creation of a cooperative.

The main objective of this initiative is to motivate a group of students with learning difficulties and achieve the basic skills of the course in a more dynamic way. The cooperative, registered in the Federation of School Cooperatives of Catalonia, is in charge of managing the production process and the sale of products from the garden. The money obtained has been used to finance the end of year trip.

VSF Justicia Alimentaria Global has collaborated with the center throughout this process within the framework of the Alimentacción project. Lidón Martrat, head of Food in Catalonia explains that “often, when a school considers working on environmental issues, it only stays in this dimension. We wanted to introduce the social part, also the impacts of food on health, all with a specific approach: incorporating a critical vision of our food system. ”Within the framework of critical education, what we want to achieve is that they know the local and global reality of the food environment, and connect them so that students can have tools to understand and analyze these phenomena. All this in order to contribute to a change in attitude, a change in habits and a first step towards responsible consumption.

The topics covered during the workshops given by VSF Global Food Justice have focused on the unequal distribution of food and nutritional quality in the world, the cultural aspects of the diet and other issues related to responsible consumption. Similar themes have also been incorporated into the biosalud programming from the perspective of food sovereignty. This subject has become a theoretical complement to what is done in the garden.

In addition, content and activities have been offered on the impacts of food on our health, organic crops, transgenic foods and other issues related to the production, distribution and consumption of food. The learning activities related to Food Sovereignty have also served to reinforce communication skills with stimulating discussions among students about the food reality or the different models of agricultural production.


VSF's participation in this experience is part of a broader program, Alimentacción, which since 2011 has been carried out in more than 50 primary and secondary schools in the Spanish State, through an agreement with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for the Development (AECID), which finances this program. The Alimentacción project is a socio-educational initiative that tries to generate critical awareness and promote action in the face of the social, economic and environmental consequences generated by our food model. It promotes an alternative model based on the principles of food sovereignty with a gender perspective that is committed to a living rural world and takes the school center as its dynamic axis to involve the community as a whole. The participating centers, thanks to the support of VSF Global Food Justice, have incorporated content, materials and activities based on the principles of Food Sovereignty into their educational projects. Through this project, a network of schools and other institutions throughout the State has been created, with the aim of exchanging experiences, synergies and joint learning.

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