Food garden to keep concentration

2015-09-01 06:00
Chapel Street Primary School pupils now have a food garden to keep hunger away and to use for educational purposes.

Chapel Street Primary School pupils now have a food garden to keep hunger away and to use for educational purposes.

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It’s no secret that many South Africans live below the poverty line and go to bed hungry.

It is also well-known that many pupils have to go to school without having eaten anything and this affects their performance at school.

For Chapel Street Primary School in Salt River hungry children who can’t concentrate are not a concern, thanks to Woolworths Financial Services which planted a food garden for the school.

The school, which already had a feeding scheme for pupils, now has a 400m2 garden to help keep hunger away and provide fresh, nutritional food.

The garden will produce about 10 to 15kg of food a day, which will feed an extra 100 pupils.

Different kinds of vegetables were planted, including kale, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, leeks, beetroot, celery and spinach. There are also perennial herbs like rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, basil and wild garlic.

Karrim Gabriels, acting school principal, says the garden will not only keep the children fed but it will also promote education.

“We are so relieved that we have this garden that will help us feed more pupils. Since it started it has boosted our school attendance and has helped improve the concentration of the pupils. It will also help them learn how to start their own gardens and maintain it. The garden is big and we have no doubt that we will have enough vegetables and we can also make food parcels for kids to take home and we can also sell the surplus,” says Gabriels

Woolworths Financial Services is working with the school in other ways as well – from staff development and training to resources and staff volunteerism projects.

The garden will be maintained by Urban Harvest, who are experts in the field of building sustainable vegetable gardens for schools and communities, as well as dedicated school staff.

This is the second food garden that Woolworths Financial Services has funded

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