Jeffreys Bay High now boasts own vegetable garden

2016-08-04 06:00
The Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High School learners (front) Quintin Swarts (14), Nealon Plaatjies (14) and Shavandre Frans (14) show outgoing LED Portfolio Councillor, Phumzile Oliphant, the vegetable garden that is being cultivated at their school with the support of Vlakteplaas Quarry. They were joined by (back) fellow learners, the Vlakteplaas team and members of the municipality’s LED directorate.                                          Photo: SUPPLIED

The Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High School learners (front) Quintin Swarts (14), Nealon Plaatjies (14) and Shavandre Frans (14) show outgoing LED Portfolio Councillor, Phumzile Oliphant, the vegetable garden that is being cultivated at their school with the support of Vlakteplaas Quarry. They were joined by (back) fellow learners, the Vlakteplaas team and members of the municipality’s LED directorate. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A vegetable garden has been established at the Jeffreys Bay High School.

Local permaculture expert, Paulene Plaatjies, started the garden in May, and already spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, carrots and tomatoes have taken root in the organically-prepared soil.

Outgoing Local Economic Development (LED) Portfolio Councillor, Phumzile Oli-phant, visited the garden on Monday, along with a team from Vlakteplaas Quarry.

Oliphant said Vlakteplaas was driving the project as part of the company’s social responsibility programme.

“The municipality helped to facilitate the arrangement. We are truly impressed by what has been achieved in such a short time,” he said.

He said the vegetables would be used to prepare meals for the learners. Any surplus will be sold to raise funds for the school.

Learners have also been helping in the garden and learning about the best ways to grow vegetables, from preparing the soil to planting the vegetables.

“This information and skills can be used by our young people at home or in their future studies. Food security is of great importance in developing countries, and these are the types of programmes that can make a big difference in the daily lives of communities,” he concluded.

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