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It's #FoodGardenFridays! What are you planting, growing and harvesting in your school food gardens at the moment? Share your stories and photographs with us in the comments below. We want to hear from you.

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This World Hunger Day, we're honouring all those who are working hard towards a zero hunger future, increasing food security and growing more sustainable food systems. Here are recent highlights from Baxoxele Full-Service School in Soshanguve, Pretoria North. As you can see, the school has ...benefitted tremendously from the knowledge shared by the #EduPlant facilitators and the support of Tiger Brands. Look at all these vegetables and the wholesome meals that they're used in.

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In the Nkomazi west circuit of Mpumalanga, one of Lugedlane Primary School's biggest challenges is water scarcity. In 2002, the school started their food security project with the idea of supporting orphans who are looking after their siblings as well as their larger family. Now, the food ...garden covers four plots and includes a thriving herb garden! These herbs are harvested, prepared and packaged, and then sold. They're not only used in meals. They're used to make herbal remedies to cure colds and flu, sores, rashes, and to even treat ringworm. The vegetables are used in the school's feeding scheme and ensure that the learners have a warm, nutritious meal to eat as often as possible. More importantly, the food security project has resulted in less learner absenteeism from school and fewer poverty-induced illnesses. Here are some of the highlights!

If you would like to join the #EduPlant programme, apply here: https://bit.ly/3fiXHWw. If you would like to support EduPlant and Food & Trees for Africa, send us an email on info@trees.org.za.

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What have you learned from the EduPlant programme?

Sizakancane Primary School said, "Food gardening at school has taught us how to become young entrepreneurs," in their #EduPlant2020 entry. In case you missed it, you can view the winning and finalist schools' videos from ...the competition last year on the EduPlant microsite and take a tour of their school food gardens too: https://eduplant.org/.

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This week is the International week of Biodiversity. Imagine if all foundation phase learners had the same learning experiences as at The Birches Pre-primary. This extraordinary little school has earth ethics embedded in everything they do. Proudly a top Water Explorer and GSSS school, they have ...also flown the Eco-Schools flag for 17 years! Here learners experience interactive lessons around earth care, growing food, taking care of other species, appreciating biodiversity in every sense. Over the years we have watched them turn barren school grounds into food forests, indigenous gardens in a dense urban setting. They have a thriving nursery and free-range egg business. the learner develop their own enviro products which they sell at their monthly markets. Thank you for putting the SDGs at the heart of everything you do and instilling a love and appreciation for nature in these young minds! PERMACULTURE Southern Africa EduPlant UN SDG Action Campaign The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Global Search for Sustainable Schools Implementers Global Action Days Eco-Schools Global Search for Sustainable Schools African Conservation Trust (ACT) Permaculture Magazine #biodiversity #BiodiversityDay #sdgs2030 #Myactionsmatter#Learnforourplanet #globalactiondays #EcoSchools #handprint WESSA Schools Programme The Birches Pre-Primary School, South Africa Sustainably Yours ! HCI Foundation 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme

Inthutuko Special School is located in Mtubatuba, a small town north of Richards Bay close to the entrance of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal. The school has recently started mentoring two other schools in the area, sharing #EduPlant knowledge with the learners and educators and ...providing intensive theoretical and practical permaculture training on-site. It has kicked off excellently and we're excited to see how the rest of the workshops go! Most recently, the focus was on soil conditioning and seedbed preparation. The project leader, Ms Sana Magugula, shared with us that, "The schools and community groups are excited to start planting. I am so happy that I can make a difference."

If you would also like to make a difference or get involved in the EduPlant programme, find out more on the Food & Trees for Africa website today: https://bit.ly/2XS1p00. You can also email us at info@trees.org.za or send us a message right here on social media.

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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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