School garden comes up green

2016-11-15 06:00
Learners and teachers of Highlands Primary School work in the garden.

Learners and teachers of Highlands Primary School work in the garden.

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A food garden is in full bloom with yet another harvest completed.

Established in August at Highands Primary School, the core focus of the garden is to instil a sense of self-sustainability and to create a culture in which learners and community members start their own food gardens, providing vegetables for their own use.

Members of the Soul Buddies club and other learners are also involved in maintaining the garden and harvesting the crops.

The supply of fresh crops go directly to the school’s feeding scheme kitchen and nutrition programme.

The balance of the crops is sold to the community to generate funds to buy additional seedlings and plants as the gardening project is an ongoing process.

The provincial education department, Zita Cheemee and Keith Peregrino were all instrumental in creating the garden and keeping it growing.

The garden crop includes spinach, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, mielies, broccoli, broad beans, lettuce, maroga, peas and sunflowers.

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