For ten years, nonprofit Plenty Belize ran Garden-Based Agriculture for the Toledo Environment (GATE), a project to develop school gardens in the district. With GATE’s funding recently concluding, the Plenty Belize team is deciding whether to seek more funding or put their energies elsewhere.
Active partners in the GATE project for many years, this Cornell team is primed to take on this evaluation. Students in PLHRT 4940: Special Topics in Horticulture engage in team building, learn about cultural context, prepare an evaluation plan and travel to Belize over spring break. The project culminates in useful findings for the Plenty Belize team and a case study describing the class’s approach to community-based assessment.