School Forest Gardens
Nourishing communities with three Food Forests.
Trees, Shrub, Grasses & Vines
In São Paulo's low-income communities, Unified Educational Centers (CEUs) serve as vital public hubs, offering free education, culture, and recreation. These centers cater to predominantly black and brown populations and play a crucial role in making essential services accessible. Each CEU encompasses three public schools, serving 1,000-3,000 students, fostering education from a young age through to adolescence.
The introduction of these three food forests, in three CEUs, aligns with an environmental education initiative. Over six months, teacher training aims to empower educators and school managers in adopting sustainable practices. The forests, integral to this program, serve as open-air classrooms, promoting direct contact with Nature. Beyond enhancing educational methodologies, these spaces convey knowledge about the native Atlantic Forest, local species, microclimates, and soil life.
This initiative transcends reforestation, fostering biodiversity conservation, ensuring food security, and providing relief during heat waves. By establishing these food forests, the project aspires to cultivate a sense of environmental responsibility in future generations, encouraging active participation in the regeneration of our planet.
Outdoor Classroom Design
The pocket forests are meticulously crafted to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding urban environment, whether at a grand or intimate scale.
Embracing a multitude of advantages, this verdant oasis not only offers a plethora of benefits but also serves as an ideal setting for students to forge meaningful connections and acquire knowledge inspired by the natural world.
“It will bring back knowledge about the native Atlantic Forest and other species usually present in Brazilians' diets. It is a unique way to act in reforestation, conserving biodiversity, and providing food security, while contributing to the creation of generations who will be able to be part of the regeneration of the planet.”