Thank you for your response, Daniel. I apologize for not seeing it sooner, I am on the road for about ten days, moving and have intermittent internet access. For a more in depth understanding, I encourage you to read and share the draft of my paper on Permaculture in refugee camps (https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/permaculture-green-spaces-for-mental-health-and-community-building). A link to the paper is at the bottom of the page.
Integrating permaculture into schools would include planting long-term fruit and food bearing trees, that also serve as shady places to sit and shade for the buildings. School gardens can be planted, and gardens can be used to teach lessons as well, both on nutrition and health and on real-world concepts such as mathematics, vocabulary, etc. Here in Arizona, local schools have seen an increase in test scores for students who participate in these garden-based lessons. School gardens have also increase food security for the family, as schools hold small, low-cost farmers markets for the parents of students to shop at.
Green spaces, whether food producing or simply a shady place to sit/walk, have been shown to be beneficial for those suffering from exposure to traumatic events- here in North America many programs for returning soldiers are based in garden/farm settings or in the outdoors, as they provide a safe and relaxing experience for participants.
I hope that this has been helpful - I look forward to talking with you all more about permaculture and food security!
Hello team CBSFP! I would love to work with you on integrating permaculture design into your school feeding and gardening program. I have recently worked on some prototype designs for integrating permaculture systems into refugee camps, and I am working with a colleague in Nicaragua to use permaculture as a food security support for local schools, as well as an energy conserve and a green space for community gathering. Let me know if you would be interested in talking more about permaculture/restoration agriculture. I think it could be a great benefit to school gardening programs!