Planting the seeds of full tummies

2017-05-30 06:00
A bee takes up some nectar from a lavender flower grown in a Seed youth project. The initiative has seen a bare patch of land turned into an oasis of lush trees and plants that now play home to a variety of insects, birds and lizards. PHOTOS: samantha lee

A bee takes up some nectar from a lavender flower grown in a Seed youth project. The initiative has seen a bare patch of land turned into an oasis of lush trees and plants that now play home to a variety of insects, birds and lizards. PHOTOS: samantha lee

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Residents of Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha are now better equipped to plant and grow their own food.

At the weekend, 12 residents attended a workshop aimed at teaching them how to better cultivate vegetables.

An initiative by Seed, the workshop was held at the organisation’s base at Rocklands Primary School and covered a variety of topics, including watering, seasonal planting, companion planting and making your own compost.

Seed was founded in 2000 to improve ecological literacy in schools and grow organic food for learners and the communities where they live.

The organisation also launched the Green Economy youth programme, equipping township youth with skills they can use to secure jobs. This has seen them turn a bare patch of land into an oasis that was planted to mimic what takes place in nature.

The trees have since attracted wildlife.

This is part of the six-month internship programme offered to the youth, in which they plant trees in a hands-on learning ­experience.

The project includes an organic seed bank where plants are grown to provide organic seeds which are cultivated and replanted to continue the cycle.

V The Seed organisation will host a session on cooking in a cob oven on Tuesday 6 June. The class will teach participants how to make breads and pizzas. The class costs R10 per person and participants will get to eat what they make. For more information or to book call Gail on 071 125 2165 or 021 391 5316.

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