Plant What You Eat Initiative is a collaborative effort by the partnership Kids In Need of Direction (KIND) and the French Embassy aimed at Empowering children, Transforming lives, one family at a time in communities nationwide in Trinidad and Tobago.
Kids In Need of Direction is a needs-based organisation dedicated to supporting underprivileged children.
KIND is excited to collaborate with the French Embassy, a staunch advocate of sustainability and community development, as this partnership reflects their shared commitment to fostering a healthier and more self-sufficient future for our communities.
By engaging children and families in the cultivation of their own food, this initiative will provide long-term food security in training families to plant their own home gardens, enabling participants to create income and develop community relationships and food fundraisers.
Kids In Need of Direction Starter Kit
Each participating family received a KIND Starter Kit containing at least fifteen different types of seeds and seedlings including chive, celery, parsley, thyme, hot pepper, pimento pepper, green pepper, cabbage, pak choi, ochro, tomato, cucumber, melongene, pumpkin, and corn as well as soil, seedling trays, fertilisers, and a set of hand tools.
KIND’s implementing partner, Microbes Alive, presented on the role of microbes in soil and its usefulness in guaranteeing bountiful produce and provided a sample to each family. At KIND’s invitation, breadfruittrees.com was also on hand to distribute breadfruit trees to participants.
The Rotary Club of Diego Martin in collaboration with the Beausejour and Patna Village communities in Diego Martin, were the first cohort of participants engaged in this initiative in July 2023, with 36 families participating.
This was followed in September 2023 by the Caroni cohort, comprising participants from the Caroni Police Youth Club, the Kelly Village Community Council, parents of the St David’s RC School and the teachers and students of the St David’s RC school with their community garden.
In total, this group comprised 31 individual families developing home gardens, and 140 students participated in the development of the school community garden.
In October 2023, Kids in Need of Direction will also be developing a community garden in Tabaquite in collaboration with St Anthony’s RC Church.
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