A new school garden in the Campo Limpo district of São Paulo is being sponsored by BASF. The garden is located in the Escola Estadual Professora Neyde Aparecida Solitto.
The sponsorship was triggered by an initiative of BASF to promote community activities of their employees. Encouraged by the German company, a group of employees joined forces and created a partnership with CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER in order to implement the school garden. Works began in September by cleaning the area designated for the garden and the preparation and recuperation of the soil.
On the 26.10.2015, when the soil was well prepared and fertilized, the first seedlings were planted. The volunteering BASF employees, students and school coordinators took part in planting various types of chard, lettuce, cabbage, parsley and chive. The majority of the adolescent students had never been in contact with soil before. Nevertheless, they familiarized themselves quickly and planted the seedlings with great care.
The Campo Limpo district is known for high social inequality where people with a low income live in favelas, residencies with bad infrastructure and poor living conditions, side by side with skyscrapers inhabited by the middle and upper-middle class.