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Session 1 Introducing Microgardens

OVERVIEW: Very simple microgardens can help a family overcome poverty and hunger. The garden provides foods that fresh vegetables that can help children become healthy and defeat some diseases caused by poor diet or lack of food. A good diet with vegetables helps children remain healthy and not get some illnesses.

PURPOSE: To show how the microgardens, or simplified hydroponics can help a family remain healthy.


  1. Understand that lack of food can causes illness
  2. Understand that some foods are needed for children to remain healthy
  3. Understand that a good diet keeps children healthy

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: The students each draw children and show the illnesses that can happen when their is not enough food, or the right types of food.

Nutrients in foods
Nutrition needed for people
Calories, protein and fat in foods
Amino acids in food
Comic Book on harvesting foods


  1. Present the slides for garden introduction and poor diets
  2. Take time for questions from the students or comments
  3. Have each student make a list of the foods each child should have every day
  4. Determine what diseases might be prevented with good foods
  5. Meet for a review of the material

Slide Shows

  1. 1.1 Producing Food at Home
  2. 1.2.Hunger is everywhere
  3. 1.3. Not having enough to eat
  4. 1.4. Diseases caused by poor diet
  5. 1.5. More and better food can help prevent disease

TYING IT TOGETHER: At the end of the session, the student should have an understanding of the need for vegetables to prevent illnesses.

Revised: 1 January 2005
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