Wild Coast Sun’s vegetable garden feeds community children

2015-11-26 06:00
Pupils from Bright Future carry 100 cabbages to their soup kitchen.

Pupils from Bright Future carry 100 cabbages to their soup kitchen.

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THE Wild Coast Sun’s burgeoning vegetable garden has become so abundant that it now not only supplies vegetables and herbs to the resort’s kitchens, it is also helping to nourish young, underprivileged children at three nearby schools.

The expansive garden spans 60x57 metres, with eight lines of five metres wide.
The vegetable garden has cabbage, broccoli, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, beetroot and green peppers, while the herb garden is home to rosemary, sage, sweet basil and parsley.

The Wild Coast Sun’s culinary­ teams, with a keen focus on using fresh, seasonal produce in dishes, source a considerable portion of their vegetables from the garden.
All surplus vegetables and herbs are donated to local schools - Serhasheni Primary, Ebenezer Junior Secondary and Bright Future Pre- primary­. In total the three schools cater for 1 500 pupils every day.

“Serhasheni Primary has 200 pupils and only two classrooms, but the principal, Mrs Njeya, reports that each child receives a cooked meal every day.
The meals are cooked outside in old traditional cast-iron pots over an open fire.
A small building serves as the serving area and scullery.
“With food in their tummies, the children of Serhasheni can concentrate and get through the long school day,” said Wild Coast Sun’s environmental manager, Sonja Stroud.

“Through becoming more self-sustaining, we are also able to contribute to our community by creating jobs,” she said.

She said that the vegetable garden is an environmental project aimed at reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption and waste to landfill.
It is a natural extension to the resort’s successful natural compost project.

“As part of our environmental sustainability efforts, we started producing our own compost using food waste from the restaurant’s kitchens instead of sending it to landfill.
“The project has been an amazing success, with the result that we are producing enough natural compost to dress the sprawling lawns at the Wild Coast Sun, as well as feed our vegetable and herb garden.

“Through becoming more self-sustaining, we are also contributing to our local community as well,” she said.
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