The roughly four are Alakamisy Ambohimaha school garden is found in the rural community of the same name, north of Fianarantsoa, a town in the Haute Matsiatra region of Madagascar. The garden is cultivated by 200 students and four teachers, but mainly by the eighth-grade students who are taking an environmental education class with the Voiala-Madagascar Association, a local partner of Slow Food since the launch of the garden project in Madagascar which took place in 2011. The garden is both a pedagogical and practical asset and plays a very important role in the transfer of knowhow to the younger generation, allowing them to help their parents for a longer period of time and in a better way. In truth, Madagascar’s rural population is proportionally very important among the general population, and as such agricultural colleges and teaching are quite rare. Usually, when children leave primary and secondary school to return to work the land, they have neither the understanding nor cultural know-how to help produce better. Thanks to the garden, the students are beginning to practice organic composting, learning how to collect seeds, drip irrigation practices, crop rotation, and mixed farming.
Using the garden’s produce, the students are also learning about Malagasy cuisine, while some of the surplus produce is sold in order to finance the student’s school trips.
Alakamisy Ambohimaha, Haute Matsiatra region