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Surcos Argentina - Argentina Grooves

Surcos Argentinos is a group of students from many backgrounds in Cordoba, Argentina, who have been installing and maintaining family-oriented organic gardens to help the poor develop self-sufficiency.

Surcos Argentinos is a group of students from many backgrounds in Cordoba, Argentina, who share a common goal: To build a fair and equitable society. They have been installing and maintaining family-oriented organic gardens, finding new horizons, new opportunities and self-sufficiency.

During the most recent growing season, 100 of them helped local impoverished families plan, plant and harvest 20 additional gardens. The gardens produce food for the families without chemicals or harm to health and the environment, and through sound management of natural resources, contribute to sustainable development.

Now, with winter in the southern hemisphere, the season becomes one of planning. Thirty new young volunteers are actively involved in the 2013 project mentored by more experienced volunteers. Together they go every Saturday to identify families who would benefit from a reliable source of food they can self-manage, and to keep in touch with families with whom they are already working.

The young people also tackle child malnutrition between two and twelve years of age. The activity focuses on the evaluation of the nutritional status of children, communicating, teaching and working in reflective-educational workshops with parents and their children about food and nutrition specially throught the work and harvest of the orchard.

Surcos Argentinos is a non-profit organization that seeks to change the reality of families living in poverty by developing their potential, restoring the dignity of manual labor, and encouraging their self-worth.