EduPlant SOUTH AFRICA'S SCHOOL FOOD GARDENING AND NUTRITION PROGRAMME Learn More

What are you planting this April? Find Food & Trees for Africa's guide below. Don't forget to share stories and photographs of your food garden and what you're growing, harvesting and eating in the comments below.

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How awesome is this? Kings Harvest Academy, a school that lies in the foothills of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal, in Ixopo, has used the @EduPlantZA Cluster Manual and Growing Green book to set up their very own greywater system. We're impressed! This system, which was set up by the agricultural ...science students as one of their projects, helps the school conserve precious water.

Go on a tour of the Kings Harvest Academy school food garden on the #EduPlant microsite. Link in bio. The school was awarded first place in the #EduPlant2020 competition.

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How awesome is this? Kings Harvest Academy, a school that lies in the foothills of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal, in Ixopo, has used the #EduPlant Cluster Manual and Growing Green book to set up their very own greywater system. We're impressed! This system, which was set up by the agricultural ...science students as one of their projects, helps the school conserve precious water.

Go on a tour of the Kings Harvest Academy school food garden here: https://bit.ly/2Prt6f8. The school was awarded first place in the #EduPlant2020 competition.

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KwaNgubeni Primary School is located in the semi-rural and water-stressed area of Elandskop, KwaZulu-Natal. A previous #EduPlant2020 finalist school, they have many inspiring and innovative ways of saving water out of necessity. In 2020, the school decided to build a structure with hanging ..."tippy taps" out of 2L plastic bottles to serve a two-fold purpose. Firstly, thorough hand washing to combat the spread of #COVID19 and, secondly, to capture run-off water to use in their school food gardens. This is also a nifty way to reduce, reuse and recycle. Not only is this caring for the environment, but it is also keeping learners and educators safe too.

Go on a virtual tour of KwaNgubeni Primary School's food garden here: https://bit.ly/2P70Uya.

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This #FoodGardenFriday, we're spotlighting a school food garden that really inspires us! Gelukwaarts Intermediate Farm School, based on Longlead Farm near Van Stadensrus in the Free State, ensures that their learners have access to healthy, wholesome food through their permaculture project. ...Delicious vegetable stews are served on a regular basis and, if the harvest has been bountiful, which it often is, the surplus produce is frozen for future warm meals.

Gelukwaarts Intermediate Farm School was an #EduPlant2020 finalist school in the Experienced category. Take a virtual tour of their food garden here: http://bit.ly/3lsKBHM. Listen to the learners — who clearly love looking after our planet — explain what permaculture techniques they're using, how they're conserving water and electricity (by using solar power) to be more sustainable, and more.

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"EduPlant was the most valuable programme I have ever attended. I've been empowered with so much useful knowledge which I've since shared," explained Miss Nkosi from Inthuthuko Yamazulu Primary School. "I have taught my learners, staff and community members methods on how ...to grow food successfully. This opportunity to train my neighbouring schools and homesteads will ensure that we develop a community of healthy food growers. Thank you for the training and resources, EduPlant!"

Inthuthuko Yamazulu Primary School is located in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The EduPlant programme has been implemented across the school grades as part of formal education and training, and many of the learners and educators have taken this permaculture knowledge back home, planting food gardens where they can find space. We're excited to see them grow!

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Phelang LSEN School is a special school for learners with severe intellectual disabilities. Based in Hammanskraal, Pretoria, the food garden plays a pivotal role in the school's feeding scheme and food security, ensuring learners have at least one wholesome meal a day. It is also used as an ...educational tool, stimulating the learners mentally, physically and emotionally as they learn about the power of growing their own food. The food garden has had an obvious impact on the confidence and happiness of many of the learners too. Now, they're sharing the skills and permaculture knowledge they've gained with the broader community, expanding the positive impact.

Go on a tour of Phelang LSEN School's food garden here: http://bit.ly/38vL1rE. It was one of the #EduPlant2020 finalists in the Emerging category!

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There is so much you can plant in March, you almost can't go wrong! Let us know what you're planting in the comments below.

For summer rainfall areas, you can plant beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, celery, cress, kale, leek, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, ...radish, spinach, turnip and more.

For winter rainfall areas, you can plant spinach, sweet melon, radish, potato, peas, onion, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, beans and more.

Keep in mind that while this list is helpful, it's not very detailed, so we advise that you also approach your local nursery to make sure these plants will do well in your area.

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Resilience is the ability to withstand damage and recover from disasters in a timely, efficient and sustainable manner. Here is how local food systems can develop this: http://bit.ly/33ekcFG.

Find out more about sustainable food systems and what Food & Trees for Africa and the ...EduPlant programme are doing to build them on social media or on our website today. Follow the link above for more.

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FIVE WAYS THAT LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS BUILD RESILIENCE

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Trees are important to our lives in so many ways. They produce the oxygen we breathe, clean the air, provide food and shelter, and add beauty to our homes, shared spaces and communities. Research also suggests that trees make us happier, improve our health, help decrease our stress and anxiety, and... even decrease crime.

Look at the trees at Sesete Primary School! The school started planting trees five years ago and now have an abundance of fruit and nut trees as well as shade trees for windbreaks and shelter. Since joining the EduPlant programme, Sesete Primary School has implemented many permaculture techniques and the school food garden is flourishing as a result. It has really strengthened the school nutrition programme and feeding scheme.

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Look! It's the three sisters! This permaculture method is one of our favourite ways to "stack and pack", especially in smaller food gardens. It allows us to fit several veggies into one space. Here, the tall mielies support creeping beans while the rambling pumpkins and squashes grow... lower below, protected from the summer heat. Another benefit to intercropping — which is when you pair two or more complementary plants together in the same space — is improved soil health and a better yield.

What permaculture methods are you using in your school food garden at the moment? Tell us in the comments below.

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Remember this tour of the Shea O'Connor Combined School's permaculture garden? Found in the Natal Midlands, the initiative has gone from strength to strength and small teams have taken turns to work in the garden to ensure the surrounding community stays food secure in lockdown. The ...school food garden is still thriving! Beyond sharing seedlings and indigenous heirloom seeds with parents (who can then grow their own food at home), the surplus harvests are now able to supply a local restaurant AND a local store. They're both impressed by the high quality of fresh produce as well as the reliable, sustained supply.

Have a look at the #EduPlant2020 finalist school videos here: https://eduplant.org/. Find out more about the programme on the Food & Trees for Africa website: https://trees.org.za/eduplant/.

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Growing your own food has many benefits. You will save money, become more self-sufficient, and learn new skills. Better yet, you'll have nutrient-dense and delicious vegetables, herbs, fruit, nuts and seeds to eat.

Here are progress photographs from Kanana Primary School in ...Klerksdorp, North West. It was one of the #EduPlant2020 finalist schools in the Emerging category. As you can see, many permaculture methods have been introduced to make sure this well-maintained school food garden is productive. It is now flourishing!

What are you growing, harvesting and eating from your school or home food garden? Let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you this #FoodGardenFriday!

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Look at Senianya Primary School! Located in Rooiboklaagte near Acornhoek, Mpumalanga, the school was an #EduPlant2020 provincial winner. The food garden supplements the feeding scheme, making sure the learners, many of whom are orphans and vulnerable children, have a nutritious, filling meal ...throughout the day. The school has inspired the surrounding community to start growing their own food at home. And, because of water scarcity in the area, Senianya Primary School also allows the community to plough, plant, grow and harvest food on the school premises! "Everyone now enjoys healthy vegetables," shares Ms Busisiwe Sibeka, an educator at the school.

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"Our learners come from poor backgrounds. Some of them are from child-headed families. Some of them come to school on empty stomachs. So, we started the permaculture food garden," shared Ms Busi Maditsi, an educator at Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary School in Soshanguve, Pretoria. Their ...food security project started in 2017 and, through the support of Food & Trees for Africa and the #EduPlant programme, as well as the hard work of the learners and project leaders, has flourished!Everyone involved is putting their permaculture knowledge and new skills to good use, making compost, mulching, creating raised beds, companion planting, and so much more. These days, fewer learners go home hungry.

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Growing your own food has many benefits. You will save money, become more self-sufficient, and learn new skills. Best yet, you'll have tasty and nutrient-dense vegetables, herbs, fruit, nuts and seeds to eat. Yum!

What are you growing, harvesting and eating from your school or home ...food garden? Let us know in the comments below.

Here is a photograph from Kanana Primary School in Klerksdorp, North West. As you can see, the school food garden is well maintained. Many permaculture methods have been introduced to make sure it is productive. It's flourishing!

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This year, the EduPlantZA programme wants to not only keep on growing confident, eloquent learners and future entrepreneurs, but ensure that each school involved is more food secure and sustainable than ever before.

Here is a photograph from Woodhurst Primary School, an #EduPlant2020 ...finalist school in the Emerging category. Their food garden has had an immense impact on the school as well as the surrounding community of Nomandlovo in KwaZulu-Natal. The smart use of permaculture techniques, and a deep understanding of the needs of the under-resourced community, which makes everyone work harder, means the food garden is always producing. The learners have used the #EduPlant training to turn their sparse school yard into a rich and fertile food-producing environment.

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This year, the #EduPlant programme wants to not only keep on growing confident, eloquent learners and future entrepreneurs, but ensure that each school involved is more food secure and sustainable than ever before.

Here is a photograph from Woodhurst Primary School, an #EduPlant2020 ...finalist school in the Emerging category. Their food garden has had an immense impact on the school as well as the surrounding community of Nomandlovo in KwaZulu-Natal. The smart use of permaculture techniques, and a deep understanding of the needs of the under-resourced community, which makes everyone work harder, means the food garden is always producing. The learners have used the @EduPlantZA training to turn their sparse school yard into a rich and fertile food-producing environment.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #GrowYourOwnFood

This year, the EduPlant programme wants to not only keep on growing confident, eloquent learners and future entrepreneurs, but ensure that each school involved is more food secure and sustainable than ever before.

Here is a photograph from Woodhurst Primary School, an #EduPlant2020 ...finalist school in the Emerging category. Their food garden has had an immense impact on the school as well as the surrounding community of Nomandlovo in KwaZulu-Natal. The smart use of permaculture techniques, and a deep understanding of the needs of the under-resourced community, which makes everyone work harder, means the food garden is always producing. The learners have used the #EduPlant training to turn their sparse school yard into a rich and fertile food-producing environment.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #GrowYourOwnFood

In order to survive and thrive, plants must be grown at the right time of the year. Here are some of Food & Trees for Africa's planting ideas for February!

In summer rainfall areas, you can plant sweet peas, climbing beans, tomatoes, radishes, leeks, sweet potatoes, onions, and ...more. You could also plant fruit trees. In winter rainfall areas, you can plant carrots, celery, spinach and cabbage. Remember, your local nursery will be able to give you advice or answer any specific questions you may have.

What are you planting in your food garden this February? Let us know in the comments below.

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