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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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.

#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 @EduPlantZA training to turn their sparse school yard into a rich and fertile food-producing environment.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #GrowYourOwnFood

Via EduPlantZA: At the end of last year, the #EduPlant2020 competition finals took place. The EduPlantZA programme teaches school children about permaculture, the importance of growing their own food, nutrition and healthy eating, sustainable ways of living, looking after the planet, and more.
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As a result of #COVID19, the participating schools were encouraged to enter online by submitting photographs and a video of their school food garden, taking the viewer on a tour, explaining what permaculture techniques they've implemented, and showcasing how the fresh produce harvested contributes to the school's feeding scheme. Find out more on thegardenermag. Link in bio! You can also look at the finalist schools' videos on the #EduPlant microsite.

Disclaimer: This photograph was taken prior to #COVID19 and the need to social distance or wear masks.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #OurActionsAreOurFuture

At the end of last year, the #EduPlant2020 competition finals took place. The @eduplantza programme teaches school children about permaculture, the importance of growing their own food, nutrition and healthy eating, sustainable ways of living, looking after the planet, and more.

As a ...result of #COVID19, the participating schools were encouraged to enter online by submitting photographs and a video of their school food garden, taking the viewer on a tour, explaining what permaculture techniques they've implemented, and showcasing how the fresh produce harvested contributes to the school's feeding scheme. Find out more on @thegardenermag. Link in bio! You can also look at the finalist schools' videos on the #EduPlant microsite.

Disclaimer: This photograph was taken prior to #COVID19 and the need to social distance or wear masks.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #OurActionsAreOurFuture

If you're looking to get inspired, you've come to the right place. Here are food garden updates from the three winning schools in the #EduPlant2020 Emerging category: Kings Harvest Academy (KwaZulu-Natal) in first place, Sesete Primary School (Mpumalanga) in second place, and Yomelela ...Primary School (Western Cape) in third place. Look at the crops! Look at the harvests of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and kale and and how the leafy greens have been used to supplement the school feeding scheme. Look at the smart way these school learners have reduced, reused and recycled their waste.

#FutureFarmers #FoodSecurity #Permaculture

A study by the Human Sciences Research Council estimated that about one in three South Africans went to bed hungry during lockdown. Many of these people were children who rely on school feeding programmes for meals, proving once again that food gardening and permaculture skills truly are a gift for... a lifetime.

"There are many ways to empower people', says Tshepiso Senetla, @eduplantza Co-ordinator at @foodandtreesforafrica. 'The pandemic highlighted the importance of food security and that everyone needs to know how to grow their own food. People are often told that they should grow food because it will make them employable or because it is a way to make money but it is more that that. It is important to teach it as a basic life skill, not just a career choice."

This is what the #EduPlant programme has worked at for more than two decades: empowering learners and teachers with the skills and know-how to grow their own food. Read more on the @foodandtreesforafrica blog. Link in bio.

#GrowYourOwnFood #FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #EduPlant2020

"We've learnt about how to eat: healthy, fresh vegetables and fruit. We have planted a lot in our garden. When we harvest the veggies, we give them to the kitchen so that they can cook for the learners, so that we can eat and go home without starving."

Sesete Primary ...School, located in rural Burlington in Mpumalanga, is an #EduPlant2020 finalist school in the Emerging category. The school food garden was started in 2016 as a way to promote environmental awareness and sustainability, strengthen the school nutrition programme and feeding scheme, and, most importantly, find an answer to a pressing challenge: hungry learners. Since joining the EduPlant programme, Sesete Primary School has implemented many permaculture techniques and the school food garden is flourishing as a result. Take a tour here!

#GrowYourOwnFood #FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers

The next #EduPlant2020 finalist school we’d like to introduce you to is Tingitsi Primary School in Sasekani Village bear Letaba, Limpopo. The school started this permaculture project in May 2019 to supplement the National School Nutrtion Programme (NSNp). Through knowledge, skills and new ...techniques gained at @eduplantza workshops — such an intercropping, mulching, and raised beds — the school food garden is now thriving. By providing additional nutritious meals, the initiative is making a noticeable difference to vulnerable learners as it works towards #ZeroHunger. This year, Tingitsi Primary School will be competing in the Emerging category.

#GrowYourOwnFood #FutureFarmers #FoodSecurity

Blackheath Primary School established their school food garden in 2012 and it has grown from strength to strength since — especially after attending a one-day EduPlant permaculture workshop last year and being accepted into the cluster workshop programme. The school garden is being taken good ...care of, as you can see here, and soon enough an abundance of crops will need to be harvested. Blackheath Primary School is an #EduPlant2020 finalist in the Emerging category.

#GrowYourOwnFood #FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers

It's #WorldFoodDay! Today, we'd like to give a shoutout to everyone involved in the #EduPlant programme and to everyone working towards a #ZeroHunger future in South Africa. Together, we can develop stronger school-based food security clusters in under-resourced communities and townships ...across South Africa. Together, we can grow an abundance of food to supplement feeding schemes, bolster nutrition, and keep school learners' tummies fuller for longer.

Find out more about the @eduplantza programme on the @foodandtreesforafrica website. Link in bio!

#GrowYourOwnFood #FutureFarmers #FoodSecurity #FoodHeroes #OurActionsAreOurFuture #EduPlant2020

"It’s #WorldFoodDay on 16 October, yet many of South Africa's pressing issues remain the same — food security, malnutrition, and hunger — while the impact of climate change presents an enormous challenge. Isn’t it strange that there aren't more youth in agriculture? ...Fortunately, agriculture in South Africa, and Africa as a whole, is starting to experience a revolution. College-educated millennials are dropping office jobs and starting to farm, combining technological know-how and scientific approaches to increase yields and prove that farming can be a successful career. foodandtreesforafrica’s eduplantza programme is a school-focused food gardening and greening initiative spearheading this movement. Through eduplantza, we hope to inspire youth at hundreds of schools and communities to grow their own food and know where their food comes from. By starting from the ground up, we can educate youth about career opportunities in agriculture, and remove the stigma of farming as an unprofitable, unglamorous profession." Continue reading on our website to discover some of the ways that eduplantza helps inspire youth in agriculture. Link in bio!

#FutureFarmers #FoodSecurity #WorldFoodMonth #EduPlant2020

@foodandtreesforafrica, in partnership with #TigerBrands and @woolworths_sa, is searching for the best permaculture school garden in South Africa!

The EduPlant programme, run by @foodandtreesforafrica since 1994, is the country's longest running and most impactful school greening and... gardening programme. Endorsed by the Department of Basic Education's National School Nutrition Programme, @eduplantza offers schools in under-resourced communities and townships the resources, training, and support they need to develop or improve their food gardens.

Since the very start, the EduPlant programme has been running competitions that bring together the best food-growing schools in the country for a week-long event to incentivise and further develop gardens. In 2020, due to #COVID19, the competition is running slightly differently but it is still taking place!

The finalists of the #EduPlant2020 'Best Permaculture Garden Competition' will be announced on #WorldFoodDay, 16 October 2020, so stay tuned.

#FoodSecurity #FutureFarmers #Permaculture

It's #WorldFoodMonth! This October, we're focusing on the future of food, food security, and growing your own food. Everyone can be a food hero. Each and every single one of us can help make sure our food systems are resilient and robust. This month also marks the start of the exciting ...#EduPlant2020 permaculture competition finals. Stay tuned for more soon!

#OurActionsAreOurFuture #SchoolFoodGardening

In response to the #COVID19 pandemic — and to continue supporting sustainable livelihoods in under-resourced communities across South Africa — the eduplantza programme has been giving a boost to schools, nation wide, in the form of resource drop-offs. These seedlings, seeds, herbs, and bags of ...compost have been received with enormous gratitude. Last month, an uplifting #EduPlant resource drop-off took place at Zwelisha Primary School in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga. Despite the enormous challenges faced during the lockdown, this school food garden is still thriving! It is feeding the community and is a source of delight for those who tend to it. Look at how much hard work and care has gone into designing the beds and looking after the various crops. Look at the clever use of recycled 2L plastic bottles and old rubber tyres too! This food garden at Zwelisha Primary School is also an excellent example of the permaculture principles: taking care of the planet, taking care of people, and taking care of the future.

#Permaculture #GrowYourOwnFood #EduPlant2020

A very uplifting #EduPlant resource drop-off took place at Zwelisha Primary School in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga, last month. Despite the enormous challenges faced during the #COVID19 lockdown, this school food garden is thriving! It is feeding the community and is a source of delight for those who get ...to work in it. Just look at how much hard work and care has gone into designing the beds and looking after the crops. Look at the clever use of recycled 2L bottles and old tyres too! This is an excellent example of the permaculture principles: taking care of the planet, taking care of people, and taking care of the future.

#Permaculture #GrowYourOwnFood #EduPlant2020

Are you asking how the #EduPlant programme (and the final competition) can help your school? EduPlant provides one-day and cluster workshops in each province. Through this training, schools are enabled to create sustainable, abundant food gardens. Further to this, all schools have the opportunity ...to enter the bi-annual competition with the knowledge and skills they have gained and practiced, and can stand the chance to represent their province, take part in the #EduPlantFinals alongside the top 60 schools from around South Africa, and win great prizes. #EduPlant2020 #Permaculture #FoodGardens

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