Thanks to the generous support of Breadline Africa, Daddy Longlegs and the Ford Alumni Association, the Bulungula Incubator now feeds up to 250 children a day! Our two vegetable gardens – at No-ofisi school and the Jujurha Early Learning Centre – will soon produce enough vegetables for all of these meals …. and more.
The gardens provide spinach, beetroot, sweet potato, carrots, peppers, cabbage, beans, tomatoes, mielies, potatoes, onions, basil, mint, rosemary, lettuce and others.
Excess veggies are sold to staff and volunteers, to help raise funds to cover gardeners’ salaries.
Our long term plan is to make the large No-ofisi vegetable garden a sustainable small business for the gardeners who are responsible for its upkeep. This approach to school food gardens provides a potential model for the sustainable supply of fresh, locally produced veggies and fruit for remote rural schools, where daily / weekly delivery of fresh produce is impractical.
The success of the food gardens means that children enjoy a delicious hot lunch every day, including fresh garden veggies picked especially for each meal. You don’t get fresher than this!