Why Life Gardens?

For people in developing countries, access to nutritious food can change everything.

The Problem

2 billion people – including 33% of children – aren’t getting enough life-giving nutrients to reach their full potential and fight disease.

The problem is “hidden hunger” — a chronic lack of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients only whole foods can deliver. Hidden hunger shows up when the first priority is to get food in bellies, and “nutrition” means meal after meal of processed, white grains and corn.

Hidden hunger keeps people from escaping extreme poverty. It causes kids to miss school. It prevents adults from working when they’re chronically ill. And it orphans too many children.

Until now, a nutrient-dense diet has seemed out of reach for the poor.

But with Life Gardens, anyone can grow health.

poverty and poor nutrition

Life Gardens can change everything.

Preventable diseases linked to malnutrition kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

45% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to nutrition and disease-fighting food can save around 16,000 lives every week.

nutrition poverty trap

Hidden hunger causes kids to miss school.

Less time being sick means more time in class. Not only that, but when their growing bodies are well fed with nutritious, life-giving food, kids are able to focus, study and learn more.

The poorest regions have up to 40% unemployment. When 2 billion people live on less than $2 per day, hope is distant.

However, with health and the skills to generate an income from growing surplus food in a Life Garden, they can escape the vicious cycle of poverty.

Industrial food production is hurting the planet. And people still go hungry.

Thrive’s model for growing diverse, 100% organic food is nourishing the planet’s people and the environment — sustainably.

The Solution

How do we tackle hidden hunger?

Simply, through Life Gardens.

Thrive trains and equips people to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods and medicinal plants. With knowledge, simple tools, and starter seeds, people who can’t afford to buy healthy food can grow their own – sustainably.

We call these projects Life Gardens because growing health is the first step to a thriving life.

The Thrive model works anywhere there’s:

100 square feet of soil

100 square feet of soil
(the size of a standard living room)

6 hours of daily sunlight

6 hours of daily sunlight

Scarce rainfall

Scarce rainfall
(500 mm / 20 inches a year)

It’s based on the best organic growing methods, nutritional research and an education-first approach.

The Thrive for Good model is flourishing in villages, urban zones, schools, orphanages, prisons, hospitals and more.

Life Gardens changed the lives of Jacob, John, Mara and Joyce. Read their stories.

The Return on Investment

Every $1 invested in Life Gardens can yield $16 in economic returns to a community.

It’s a solid investment. Life Gardens are perhaps the single most powerful tool for ending poverty.

With the right knowledge and simple tools, it costs very little to grow health. But the impact is enormous, rippling out to dramatically improve child development, mortality, economic security — creating brighter futures.

$15 a month gives 12 people a year everything they need to grow health.

You Can Help

If you know nutrition is a basic right…

If you believe we can end poverty and renew the planet…

If you want to help where you can make the biggest impact…