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Since 2011, the “Thousand Gardens in Africa” project has involved over 50,000 people in 25 African countries, as well as tens of thousands of members and activists around the world. After the original target for the project (1000 gardens) was reached at the end of 2013, Slow Food decided to relaunch the initiative in 2014 with a new challenge: to create 10,000 gardens across the continent.

Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair gardens in African schools and communities means teaching young people about the importance of food biodiversity and the access to fresh and healthy food, but also creating a network of leaders who are aware of the value of their own land and culture. This network can give rise to the leaders of a change across all continents: a change based on the liberation of traditional foods and knowledge, in a social economy linked to the land and environment.

Thanks to the Slow Food Gardens, a growing network of people around Africa is working to preserve biodiversity, restore value to traditional knowledge and gastronomy and promote small-scale agriculture. Like many small seeds, the gardens are growing together, bringing about change and laying the foundation for a social economy closely linked to the local area and the environment.

Slow Food Edinburgh has sponsored one garden already at Walay school in western Sierra Leone. in 2017 we are committed to supporting a new Garden in Kimashuku (Tanzania). 

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Slow Food Edinburgh supporting Kimashuku Garden

This year we are committed to supporting a new Garden in Kimashuku (Tanzania). We will be working with the Vine Trust, the Slow Food Kilimanjaro Convivium and SF Gardens coordinator for Tanzania to give the children of the Kimashuku Home School Garden the tools to grow their own garden following the SF philosophy.

About Kimashuky Garden

  • The garden at Kimashuku is part of a community established by the Vine Trust, an Edinburgh-based international medical and home-building charit.

  • The Kimashuku children's home was established in 2010 supported by the Vine Trust building programme – it has a small school garden but, with the support of Slow Food, there is plenty of opportunity to expand.

  • Less than an hour away is Arusha with an active Slow Food Group, a Slow Food Youth network group and the Slow Food for Africa Kilimanjaro Gardens co-ordinator who would oversee our project


Get involved

1000 Gardens at the Farmers Market

1000 Gardens at the Farmers Market

Whether you join our event, host the fundraising Big Table supper or offer your loose change to our collecting boxes in restaurants or at our market stalls, there are plenty of ways to get involve and support the Slow Food Edinburgh campaign to fund a community food garden in Kimashuku, Kilimanjaro.

If you are interested in know more about the events calendar and to donate follow or social media profiles or contact Eleonora Vanello, co-ordinator Slow Food Garden’s in Africa for SFE, at evanello@gmail.com