Northdale Primary garden - pride of the patch

2016-06-01 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  ABOVE: In the garden (from left) Northdale Primary principal, Sue Singh, Mama Nomusa Ndlela-Bayeni and Douglas Mkhize.

PHOTO: supplied ABOVE: In the garden (from left) Northdale Primary principal, Sue Singh, Mama Nomusa Ndlela-Bayeni and Douglas Mkhize.

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WILDLANDS top recycling school for 2015, Northdale Primary, boasts a massive vegetable garden that fills the school with pride.

Established primarily to alleviate the problem of dumping on the school’s premises, the vegetable garden has become a productive piece of land that provides both revenue for the school as well as food for the school’s feeding scheme.

At the helm is Mama Nomusa Ndlela-Bayeni, who gracefully carries this massive job on her shoulders. After losing her husband in 2007 she joined the school on a voluntary basis.

“Working in the garden has been a very therapeutic experience,” she said.

She is assisted by Douglas Mkhize, the school’s groundsman. When vegetables are ready for harvest, teachers and parents are notified of a market day where the vegetables are sold at a reasonable price. Revenue generated from this is used to buy gardening equipment, seedlings and fund school excursions.

Wildlands and Nedbank, partners in a sustainable schools project, recently visited the school.

Wildlands’ Sustainable Schools relationship manager, Moira Potter, was full of praise for this worthwhile initiative.

“What a wonderful example for other schools to follow,” she said.

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