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In the spirit of knowledge sharing, today we're putting the spotlight on Ikaneng Primary School in Soweto, Gauteng. Recently, the school set up an #EduPlant training programme for their secondary beneficiaries. Nearly fifty eager community members attended this workshop! The enthusiasm from ...the educators was contagious, making for an exciting day, and the learning material and educational content was well-received by those who took part. Here are some of the highlights.

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What are you planning on planting, growing, harvesting and eating in the coming months?

Based on Food & Trees for Africa's #GrowingGreen book and the #EduPlant Cluster Manual, we've put together a planting calendar for May.

If you live in an area when it rains in ...summer, you can plant beans, onions, peas and radishes. In winter rainfall areas, you can plant broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, peas, spinach, beans, cauliflower, turnips, lettuce, onions and more.

Remember, this is a rough guide, so make sure to double-check with your local nursery or a seasoned food gardener who knows your area before you start planting. Don't forget to share your stories with us in the comments below!

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The Food & Trees for Africa monthly newsletter is live. Have you read it yet? Are you subscribed? From celebrating #FreedomDay and #EarthDay with tree and food forest planting events at schools to starting to plant more trees more often as lockdown restrictions lessen — just in time for ...#CapeArbor in April and #InternationalDayOfForests in late March — this issue is packed with the latest news: https://bit.ly/3nCcFJS.

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TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH AND PLANTING MORE TREES...

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Poswayo Primary Junior School is situated in the village of Ncanabane in the Eastern Cape. All learners have the chance, the opportunity, to participate in the food gardening and permaculture activities. From what we've heard, learners find this responsibility very relaxing, and teachers have ...noticed the joy it brings into the lives of many at the school. This has inspired hard, consistent work! The produce from the food security initiative is regularly used in the feeding scheme. Not only is Poswayo Primary Junior School able to save money this way, but parents of learners who assist on the site are able to take home some of the vegetables too! This makes it a worthwhile endeavour for everyone involved. We're looking forward to watching this project grow.

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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 #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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March is Water Month: Lets talk about saving water in our gardens. Nobanda learners know that its more than just about using grey water and watering in the early hours. Far more water savings can be made if we simply planted the right plants. The plants that are indigenous to your area and are ...therefore perfectly adapted to their surroundings. The children were enchanted by the amazing adaptations so many of the water-wise plants in South Africa have, from having fat succulent leaves for storing water, to large underground bulbs, light coloured leaves for reflecting as much light and light hairs for reducing transpiration from the leaves.. In fact there are many more amazing adaptations to dry conditions. So for water Month Nobanda Eco-club have planted a water-wise indigenous garden to more than just save water, but to encourage biodiversity back into their school grounds and make it beautiful, of course! #waterwise #waterwiseplants Sanbi Water Research Commission African Conservation Foundation African Conservation Trust (ACT) 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme HCI Foundation United Nations Decade on Biodiversity EduPlanet EduPlant Global Search for Sustainable Schools South African National Biodiversity Institute Water Research Commission UN SDG Action Campaign Global Goals for Sustainable Development Waterwise Botanicals United Nations Decade on Biodiversity WESSA Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa WESSA Schools Programme #savewater #NationalWaterWeek #SDG6 #SDG15 Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust

Today, 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 EduPlant 2020 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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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 purpose to #NourishAndNurture more lives every day is made more tangible through programmes such as EduPlant, in proud partnership with Food & Trees for Africa.

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