Little green fingers grown gardens

2017-04-11 06:01
More than 30 primary school children from Kensington, Factreton and Maitland attended a workshop in which they planted plants to take home and care for.

More than 30 primary school children from Kensington, Factreton and Maitland attended a workshop in which they planted plants to take home and care for.

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More than 30 children aged between six and 14 and from different schools in Kensington, Factreton and Maitland were equipped with gardening and other skills during the first week of their Easter school holiday.

These children participated in a week-long programme, focusing mainly on primary school learners, organised by the Women’s Communicare Network in collaboration with Afrilandscapes.

Caithline April (10), one of the participating children, says: “I enjoyed the programme, especially gardening, because it taught me about food. I would like to be able to grow my own fruit and vegetables.”

Machelle Solomons, a member of the Communicare Network, says the gardening workshop was aimed at teaching the children how to set up and maintain their own fruit and vegetable gardens at home in order to provide a steady food source for themselves and their families.

She says the programme started last year when the children were given a small patch to grow a fruit and vegetable garden. That project proved to be successful and created a promise of developing a bigger and more permanent food garden. She explains they welcomed the participation of Afrilandscapes to the programme because, in order for a garden to yield fruit and vegetables, the children have to be committed to caring for it and be taught accountability.

Afrilandscapes’ gardening specialist Razeen Cozyn says: “We gave the children plants to take home and care for after the workshop last year. They excitedly reported back this year that their plants are doing well, and have even produced fruit and vegetables.”

The gardening workshop formed part of a week-long holiday programme in which the children were taught arts and crafts skills, are given awareness talks and participated in sport and educational games.

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