From bolstering feeding schemes to offering learners the opportunity to gain urban farming skills of their own, food gardens have proven to be an invaluable asset to schools around the country.
We proudly partner with a number of these beacons of nourishment, education and hope. Here are three we thought you should know about.
Mokaila Primary School, North West
Located in the remote village of Letlhogorin, Mokaila Primary School is home to a garden that feeds a thousand.
Ellen Leping, the school’s principal, started the garden to make life easier for the community by providing healthy food closer to home.
She applied to Act for Change for support and we wasted no time in taking hands with her. Our partner, Food & Trees for Africa, sent food gardening guru Mam Eunice to present a few practical workshops.
In just one year, the team doubled its harvest and, today produces enough fresh vegetables to feed 1 000 people. Mokaila Primary’s garden also plays an important role in providing daily meals for the children.
More importantly, it is an invaluable educational opportunity for learners to gain hands-on gardening experience and make an income from their harvests.
“When we started the garden, the aim was to uplift the youth,” says Ellen. “So, even if we can’t give them much, they can get something from the garden and make a living for themselves.”
Wathint’ Abafazi crèche, Eastern Cape
When Patricia Piyani, founder of the Wathint’ Abafazi crèche in Joe Slovo just outside Port Elizabeth, realised that most of the children arrived at her door on empty stomachs, she started providing daily meals for all the little ones in her care.
As her endeavour grew, however, Patricia didn’t always have enough fresh produce to ensure the healthiest meals possible. Pus, her kitchen started getting a little too cramped for her labour of love.
The local councillor stepped in and assisted in acquiring a piece of land where she could start a vegetable garden. At the same time, the Act for Change team set to work upgrading her kitchen facilities.
These interventions have enabled Patricia and her team to serve nutritious meals and generate income by selling excess produce and flowers from the garden to the local community.
Greenlands Primary School, Western Cape
In 2015, we joined forces with Urban Harvest to create a beautiful food garden at Greenlands Primary School in Bishop Lavis.
Since producing its first harvest in October 2015, it has been supplying the existing Greenlands Primary feeding scheme with fresh produce on a daily basis.
The 600m² garden has also been a wonderful addition to the school’s educational activities, as Grade 4-7 learners are actively involved in its day-to-day maintenance.
Furthermore, the school established an income-generating café called the Green Deli, which sells meals at affordable prices, providing much-needed funds for the school.
Would you like to start a food garden at your school or creche? Click here to send us an email.