Proyecto Huerta Escolar

Year: 2013
Country: Costa Rica
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Health
Project Investment: $500.00

Project Launch:

This project takes place in Rancho Quemado, Osa, Costa Rica at a local elementary school. The goals of the project are to build an organic garden to plant vegetables and herbs such as bell peppers, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, mint and celery. Each grade level in the school will be responsible for a specific herb or vegetable to take care of throughout the year. Students will be required to report on the progress of their plants. When plants are ready to be harvested, vegetables will be used in the school kitchens and served the in breakfasts and lunches provided at the school. Any extra vegetables are given to students to take home to their families.

The project allows students to understand the hard work and cooperation that is necessary to maintain a healthy environment. It is believed that this will result in a greater appreciation for the environment, making the students more aware of their surroundings. Also, students will likely share their knowledge with friends and family further promoting awareness and healthy habits in the community. The project will teach students responsibility and teamwork, as they must work with each other to maintain the garden. Ultimately, the increase in access to healthy vegetables will improve nutrition amongst the student population and the community at large.


Project Update

With help from community members, the organic garden has been planted and is thriving with organic produce. The produce is used in school lunches, providing students with a healthier, more nutritious meal. The community is also preparing a mini arboretum next to the garden.



“I think the project is a great idea. We will be able to eat fresh and organic vegetables every day. Right now, we’re always having to buy them from outside the community and they’re expensive and not fresh. This is much better. It will bless us a lot. Also, it is very good for the diet. We will be eating cabbage, lettuce, carrots, cilantro, cucumber. It will be healthier for me and for the students.” Alice, School Cook
“Organic vegetables are healthy and they taste good. I am going to learn what the plants and seeds are called, and how to plant them." - Lizie, 5, Project Participant