Food garden inspires

2018-10-17 06:04
Representatives of sponsors of the Tebelelo Primary School food garden, with learners who prepared the garden for planting. From the left are Sonkwane Lohlonolo, Angela Lekgare, Anwen du Toit, Nthabiseng Sehume (both from Woolworths), Rebabaletswe Mathe and Mookho Letshokgohla (Food and Trees for Africa’s ecopreneur).Photo: Supplied

Representatives of sponsors of the Tebelelo Primary School food garden, with learners who prepared the garden for planting. From the left are Sonkwane Lohlonolo, Angela Lekgare, Anwen du Toit, Nthabiseng Sehume (both from Woolworths), Rebabaletswe Mathe and Mookho Letshokgohla (Food and Trees for Africa’s ecopreneur).Photo: Supplied

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A permaculture food garden at the Tebelelo Primary School in Bloemfontein has been improved to spur the learners on to take the lead in food security.

Improvement of the garden was undertaken voluntarily by employees of two entities, three Woolworths store branches in Bloemfontein and Food and Trees for Africa, coinciding with the celebration of World Food Day and the release of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 report on 11 September.

World Food Day’s theme was “Our Actions are our Future”.

Employees took action by volunteering to inspire a group of enthusiastic learners of the school, which has approximately 730 learners.

Some of them are orphaned and vulnerable, and live in child-headed households.

The Tebelelo food garden plays a vital role in supplementing the school’s feeding scheme, as well as providing fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit for the orphans and vulnerable learners to take home with them.

Lana de Jager, Woolworths store manager at the Loch Logan Waterfront, explained that improvement of the garden was part of the retailer’s community social involvement programme.

She said since the food garden was started in 2014, the learners have been participating actively in the EduPlant permaculture food gardening programme.

EduPlant, initiated and managed by Food and Trees for Africa, is the country’s leading food gardening programme. It provides free workshops for educators to learn permaculture skills and a biennial schools food garden competition.

De Jager said the learners had attended permaculture cluster workshops which resulted in them being chosen to attend the EduPlant finals event in 2016.

“They have made great progress in developing a flourishing food garden. They have helped to expand the garden and boost their school’s sustainable food production,” said De Jager.

She said the school’s food garden remained an excellent EduPlant success story of a partnership spanning over 14 years.

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