Eco-warriors thank garden funder

2019-09-17 06:01
Levana Primary School eco-warriors give thanks for their edible garden and outdoor classroom. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Levana Primary School eco-warriors give thanks for their edible garden and outdoor classroom. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Since the installation of the urban garden at Levana Primary School in April (‘The seeds of change’, People’s Post 9 April) the learners have enjoyed many meals made from their very own produce – and they were eager to give thanks to the man who made it possible.

The school’s eco-warrior learners, The Earthchild Project, Urban Harvest and The Real Thing supplements came together on Thursday 12 September to share their experiences in the urban garden and outdoor classroom, and finally meet David Allen, the founder of The Real Thing supplements, who has provided the financial backing for the vegetable garden.

“I’m really glad that I could be here to meet you and thank you. This garden is such a beautiful example of lots of different people coming together to create something that is so much bigger than any of us could have created alone,” said founder of The Earthchild Project, Janna Kretzmar, who runs programmes at several schools in the southern suburbs through the project.

“One of the greatest gifts that we could give young people is the opportunity to learn about how to grow one’s own food and so much more.”

The eco-warriors have embraced the opportunity to grow the school’s food and assist to provide for the learners’ daily meals through the school’s feeding scheme.

Some members of the group expressed their appreciation for the chance to do so. Sameerah Lamera, a learner and eco-warrior said: “Thank you to all the people who have provided for our garden.”

She and her fellow eco-warrior, Keanu Matthews believe in the potential of the garden to provide sustainable meals to those who need it and encouraged the community to grow their own vegetable gardens rather than buying from large retailers.

Kauthaur Ismail, also part of the programme, said: “Our garden feeds about 300 hungry children every day. Our garden helps everyone eat healthy and live a healthier life. We appreciate our vegetable garden. Our learners get food every day.”

Etienne Basson, environmental programme coordinator and facilitator for Earthchild Project in Lavender Hill, shared that the garden has also provided a safe haven for children who constantly find themselves in trouble.

The benefits of the garden can also be seen, he said, in the opportunity it allows for learners to come in contact with new animals and species.

According to the school’s cook, Sybil Classen, the only problem they have experienced with the vegetable garden is a constant need for new recipes to make use of all the fresh produce.V For more information on The Earthchild Project, visit earthchildproject.org; and for Urban Harvest, visit urbanharvest.co.za.

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