Summer months are approaching and certain words are in the air: farmersí market, organic, locally-sourced food, sustainable agriculture, seasonal produce and community supported agriculture (or CSA), just to name a few. U.S. citizens are growing more conscious of the foods they eat, including how and where they are grown. Locavores, or people who strive to eat foods grown close to home, have started a movement across the United States establishing a stronger connection between people and their food. However, for many communities in the developing world, this has been a way of life for centuries.
With little means of transporting produce to broader national or global markets, family-run farms around the world depend on local markets. Market days are a part of the rhythm of communities. In addition to purchasing food for the dayís meal, market days provide a chance to share news and to catch up with friends and family. In the majority of agricultural communities served by Peace Corps Volunteers, the main goal of many farmers is to simply grow enough food to feed their families. This type of farming is called subsistence farming.
In the United States, a growing number of students are getting a chance to test their green thumbs, too. Many students are taking a new role as active participants in the production of fresh foods due to increasing national interest in childhood nutrition and school gardens.
Take a trip to the garden with Coverdell World Wise Schools! Stories for summer reading and bountiful educational resources highlight the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in the areas of agriculture, environment, health and education. Find out how Peace Corps Volunteers across the globe are introducing school gardens, promoting nutritious eating, and implementing sustainable farming practices.