Principle 5

Biodiversity

You CAN have too much of a good thing. Especially when it comes to plants.
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Creating Biodiversity

Biodiversity is incredibly important in any form of agriculture for functioning and flourishing ecosystems, and diverse gardens can often mean richer dietary diversity and therefore, better nutrition for kids and families. Biodiversity means resilience agains pests and changing climates. It also means that kids will have the opportunity to learn about the vast types of plants that we have available to us. A diverse range of plants will mean that any pest or diseases find it harder to get established and damage your garden.
The State of the World's Plants and Fungi
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Wild Biodiversity

We have more than 7,000 different species of plants that can feed us, yet only a handful are sold in our supermarkets. With so many different species of plants on this planet, there is no way that they could all be confined into a school garden. You can find many of these food specifies in the wild though! Check out the work of Diego Bonetto, who is an expert on the nutritious plants that people usually call weeds. He runs regular workshop and teachings about wild foraging where you can learn about wild biodiversity.
Diego Bonetto's Wild Foraging

Crop Museum

San Roque Elementary School in the Phillipines has used their garden to save local crop varieties that are slowly becoming lost with the modernisation and commercialisation of agricultural techniques. What's stopping your school from setting up your own crop museum and collecting historically important plants in your area!

Crop Museum Primer
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Try Incorporating...

flora
flora

Seeds

fauna

Insects

Fauna

Animals

Conserving Biodiversity in Africa

Explore this map for some rich examples of slow food gardens in Africa that are raising awareness among youth about the importance of conserving local biodiversity.

Gardens in Africa
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