Home grown delights

We have also made progress with the establishment of our ELC vegetable and fruit garden. The garden has been terraced using stones, collected by hand, and wooden poles left over from the building of the classrooms.

The terraced garden

The terraced garden

So far, we’ve managed to plant a selection of fruit and nut trees and a variety of veggies. Young shoots are now visible for carrots, butternut, beetroot, spinach and tomatoes. And the banana trees have taken root beautifully.

Apart from providing fresh veggies for the nutrition programme, the garden will be integrated into our educational programme. Today, the children from the Grade R class planted sunflowers and nasturtiums – learning to prepare the soil, and water the newly planted seeds (you can see our eco toilets in the background).

Learning through doing

Learning through doing

We’ve also established a compost heap alongside the garden. Fruit and vegetable peels and offcuts (from our nutrition programme) are ‘recycled’ here.

Our compost heap

Our compost heap

Special thanks to the Ford Alumni Association for their support of our garden!

  1. Jeanne and Stuart Rose-Innes

    Hi Dave (and all)…It’s me again blessing you and all you are doing in the Name of The Lord..(I know, I know, I know..Yeah, yeah..but our worlds apart belief systems cannot prevent me from encouraging you in a great work).
    If bananas work, won’t you try plantains, a banana- like (cousin) vegetable, packed with essential minerals and vits. and cooked by frying, boiling etc.–delicious in meals. I have been trying to get someone in RSA to pick this one up because they easily grow wild in subtropical climates.
    Cheers,
    Stuart

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