Twini Primary tyre food gardening

2015-06-03 06:00
Umbongintwini Primary in Amanzimtoti were recently treated to a lesson on tyre food gardening by Miss Earth South Africa regional finalist, Sandra Badenhorst.PHOTO: supplied

Umbongintwini Primary in Amanzimtoti were recently treated to a lesson on tyre food gardening by Miss Earth South Africa regional finalist, Sandra Badenhorst.PHOTO: supplied

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UMBOGINTWINI Primary pupils in Amanzimtoti were recently treated to a lesson on tyre food gardening by Miss Earth South Africa, regional finalist, Sandra Badenhorst.

The Miss Earth South Africa programme is focused on developing young women through the vehicle of environmental education. The programme helps to create an awareness of sustainable development, our environment, wildlife and the conservation of our natural legacy in South Africa, and ultimately the preservation of Mother Earth.

Umbongintwini Primary have Green Flag status through the Foundation for Environmental Education and aim to empower pupils to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning.

Badenhorst corresponded with teacher Morgan Hosking, who has a passion to grow their school’s reputation of being an eco-school and asked if she could demonstrate a fun lesson on tyre food gardening.

“Tyre disposal is one of the most problematic sources of waste. With a bit of creativity, I taught Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils how to reuse these rubber remains as planting beds for their vegetables, an exercise that can easily be replicated at their home.”

She said the tyre garden is still experimental. The next phase includes cordoning off the area where the tyre garden is now and thereafter increasing its size. The school also has two jojo tanks for rain-water harvesting alongside the garden.

Although Badenhorst recently relocated last year to the Western Cape, her love for KwaZulu-Natal remains. Over the past four years she has worked for the Lima Rural Development Foundation, a Pietermaritzburg-based NPO that implements sustainable programmes, empowering rural c ommunities and improving their livelihoods.

“My role as the marketing communications manager is so rewarding because I am able to visit project sites country-wide, witnessing how dignity is being restored to these communities. They are now able to feed their families with the grown produce and income generated through the project, and then to share these stories with others,” said Badenhorst.

Each pupil took ownership of their own tyre, provided by Super Quick in Prospecton, and learnt the value behind growing their own vegetables. Spinach was chosen as the favourite crop to grow for their first food garden activation.

“It is overwhelming to see how excited these pupils were to plant their own vegetables. We all have a part to play in ensuring that we teach young minds to preserve our environment, and if that includes increasing food security simultaneously, then we have a winning recipe for change.”

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