Hands full with school’s harvest

2015-11-03 06:00
Ben Setz from Urban Harvest facilitates the first harvests and educates people about the produces .PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Ben Setz from Urban Harvest facilitates the first harvests and educates people about the produces .PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Chapel Street Primary School in Woodstock had its first harvest after the school’s food garden was created a couple of months ago.

The 400m2 garden was full of different vegetables and all had to be harvested. They will supplement the feeding scheme at the school.

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

The garden will also be used by pupils to learn about gardening and how to look after their gardens so that they can start their own ones at their homes and in their communities.

The MySchool MyPlanet MyVillage organisation and Woolworths Financial Services have been working with the school on various things.

The school had a vacant piece of land and they saw an opportunity to use the land and give the pupils something to eat.

Last month they had a mural painted at the school to improve the play area for the children and to promote partnership between the community and the school.

On the day of the harvest the school was full of activity as the children helped in the garden.

Karriem Gabriels, acting school principal, said his heart was filled with humility and gratitude as they were having their first harvest.

“We are really grateful for the concern that you have for the school,” he told representatives of the two organisations.

“The pupils we have here are from different backgrounds. We are really happy that with the food garden and the feeding scheme that we run at the school we can make a difference in the lives of the children.

“It’s always nice to know that there are people that we can count on and they will always be there to support us in making a difference in other people’s lives,” he said.

Pieter Twine, general manager of marketing at MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, said they had been helping the principal and teachers with day-to-day programmes. They don’t only focus on fundraising.

“All we have done is to help kids to be successful. A child that doesn’t eat can’t study. We are happy to be supplementing the feeding scheme and the children will learn on full stomachs and that will make them successful.

“We will keep coming back to check on them to see how the garden is doing and see what other things we can do for them to improve their learning environment.”

Woolworth Financial Services has been working with the school through their participation in the “community of learning principals” and the “partners for possibility” initiative. The company wanted to continue supporting them, so that they can continue on their journey to be more sustainable and independent.

Nick Smuts from Woolworth Financial Services says they will continue to help the school and to make sure that they succeed.

“We will continue to be involved with the school, see to their needs and make sure that their needs are catered for so that they will be able to learn and make sure that they do good. We will continue to strengthen the partnership and we are glad that we have seen the fruits of it,” he says.

The garden will be maintained by Urban Harvest. They help the pupils to look after the garden and make sure that the garden is also sustainable.

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