Bountiful bags of veggies

2018-02-28 06:00

FOLLOWING numerous requests after the Greytown Garden Club meeting at which Mary James of Letcee demonstrated the innovative concept of planting a vegetable garden in a bag, a workshop will be held at the Letcee premises on March 8.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Registration is from 2 pm and the demonstration starts at 2.30 pm. There is an attendance fee of R50 per person and those who wish to buy a bag garden kit, including a starter selection of seedlings, will be able to do so at a cost of R50.

By putting the ancient Eastern proverb: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he eats for a lifetime” into practice, the Letcee early education centres all have a supply of seasonal fresh vegetables, grown by community members, to supplement the daily meal the children enjoy. It is well-documented that a child cannot learn on an empty stomach. Out of this necessity, and in an effort to curtail costs, the Letcee team developed and refined the sustainable concept of communities investing in their children by growing vegetables for the early education centres in their area.

This inspiring method of growing a variety of vegetables in a bag will be demonstrated in Zulu and English by James and her capable team who have introduced the idea to communities throughout the Umvoti District.

As a result, many families now enjoy the dignity of being able to feed themselves and provide for others from the vegetables grown in their “bag gardens”. In areas where soil is poor, space is limited, chickens or livestock are problematic and water is a precious resource, these gardens are a lifeline for many families.


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