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Our Mission

Bring awareness to the environmental crisis facing India, and its economic and social  impact on rural and farming communities

Promote and support solutions to rural hunger and poverty in India via sustainable organic farming and biodiversity conservation and to protect and preserve indigenous knowledge.





Under the Gardens of Hope program, the Navdanya team educates and works with school children to grow Glossary Link organic vegetable gardens on their school premises.  Through targeted lesson plans relating to primary food production, children are exposed to the interconnected issues of soil health, seed conservation, water resources, agricultural diversity, and the cultural and nutritive values of food.  Children learn how to grow their own food in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, as well as the nutritional and health consequences of too little or too much food.


The aim of this program is to spread awareness about healthy food, food production, and the essential need for nutritious food.   The curriculum highlights farming practices that encourage healthy soil and high-nutrition foods.. This program also aims to encourage children to take pride in their traditional foods and food systems which have been perfected over centuries and are being increasingly found to be complete, healthy diets by the modern science of Nutrition.  To implement the program, Navdanya provides schools with Seeds of Freedom kits with all necessary eco-friendly inputs and age appropriate instruction manuals for teachers. Navdanya also provides a School Coordinator who visits and works with teachers to help establish the program in schools. The Coordinator is also involved in conducting workshops on environmental awareness and organizes fieldtrips where children collect valuable plant samples and learn about community farming, the nutritive value of foods and the consequences of excessive consumption of fast foods.


Gardens of Hope has helped to reconnect children and youth with Glossary Link biodiversity, earth and food so that children are more aware of the importance of producing safe, chemical free foods that are nutritious and environmentally sustainable.


Every $2000 will bring the Gardens of Hope program to one additional school.

Gardens Of Hope


Programmatic Goal


Program Status

Current Program Needs

1. Sensitize children to sustainable method of food security

1.1 Reconnect children to organic food growth and production

1.1.1  Approach existing schools, environmental clubs and womens groups


1.1.2 Educate interested parties on the future of food and impacts on health, livelihood and environment


1.1.3  Supply interested schools with tools and equipment to establish  school-community gardens


1.1.4 Provide environmental curricula and publications for public discussion


1.1.5 Conduct on-site environmental workshops


1.1.6 Organize off-site fieldtrips for students, teachers, and community members


1.1.7  Follow-up with community and schools regarding gardens, trainings, etc. 


Operational for six months in Jharkhand, Uttranchal, New Delhi, Bihar, Orissa

Financial support for coordinating staff and trainers


Infrastructure, training, material costs for establishing gardens in each school (approx. $2000 per school)


Outreach costs, e.g., travel, communication





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