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Authorities recommend people grow vegetables

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Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services


Government moves toward a more sustainable ideology by recommending people grow vegetables at home, schools and communities, as well as eating nutritious and natural foods to maintain a healthy diet.

According to the Ministry of Health, it is important to encourage families to grow vegetables at home, teachers to develop school farms, people to create their local vegetable gardens in communities, or support local farmer's markets. This is a key strategy to counter current rising food prices, they said.

Among the advantages of implementing small gardens in homes, schools, and communities, are harvesting and eating natural and fresh foods, supporting local farmers and reducing environmental impact.  

Currently, the Ministry of Public Education with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the garden course in schools. "In the orchards, children can learn about agriculture, and they can see how processes are carried out in plants such as photosynthesis or ecosystems. In addition, they develop a series of skills such as recycling old tires or plastic bottles to use as pots for planting," the ministry said in its statement.

The site specializing in gardening and gardens, Gardeners World, teaches novice gardeners and farmers how creating an orchard garden indoors or in small backyards is highly possible.

"It's best to grow crops that require little maintenance, are ready to harvest within a short time, and suffer few pests and diseases," experts recommend. For example, If you don't have a large garden you can grow salad crops in window boxes, pots or growing bags.


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