April 17, 2013

Sustainable farming

The Good Garden
by Katie Smith Milway

Eleven-year-old Maria Luz and her family live on a small farm. This year their crop is poor, and they may not have enough to eat or to sell. When Maria's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. Then a new teacher comes to Maria's school and introduces her to sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. This allows her family to avoid the greedy "coyotes" -- the middlemen who make profits on the backs of poor farmers. 

Based on a true story, The Good Garden can inspire readers who are worried about food security in struggling countries.

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