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Most EduPlant school gardens are producing delicious, #nutritious vegetables, which are being used in the school’s feeding scheme. Here we would like to share some eco-friendly cooking tips for you!

The second round of EduPlant workshops have concluded and we are hard at work planning the next rounds!

It has been incredible to witness the progress achieved by schools since the first workshop. Here are some of the pictures from Yellow Breeze Day Care Centre in Umbongintwini, Durban ...who are part of a cluster of day care centres in the Umbongintwini region. The teachers are exceptionally dedicated and working hard to plant seeds of entrepreneurship and permaculture in young minds. The resulting garden has been incredible to see. The students are so proud of their hard work and are reaping the benefits.

Tiger Brands and the foundation have made this all possible!

#NourishingTheNation #NourishingYoungMind #GrowYourOwn #Permaculture #EnvironmentalEducation #CommunityDevelopment #YouthDevelopment

Zwide Primary School in Mpumalanga and Hector Peterson Primary in Limpopo cater to students from disadvantaged homes where unemployment and poverty is common. The aim of schools such as these is not only to educate students, but also to ensure that they are well nourished.

These schools ...have enthusiastically been participating in the EduPlant workshops throughout the year. The gardens are doing so well that the schools are already harvesting #nutritious veg and cooking incredible meals for the students. Umpopoli Primary School, also from Mpumalanga, were even able to take some produce home to enjoy with their families.

A huge thank you to Tiger Brands without which none of this would be possible.

#FoodNutrition #NourishingTheNation #GrowYourOwn #GrowYourGarden #SchoolNutrition #LearningGarden #EnvironmnetalEducation

In case you missed it, today is #ArborDay, rounding off #ArborWeek. "Arbor Day" has Latin origins and literally translates "tree day".

The origins of Arbor Day date back to the early 1870s, and the first ever Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872. However, it was not until ...1970 that Arbor day was recognised nationwide. It is a day to celebrate the planting, maintenance and preservation of one of the world's most valuable resources, #trees 🌳💚

National #ArborWeek is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant #indigenoustrees as a practical and symbolic gesture of #sustainable environmental management. This year’s theme, “Trees are Terrific…for Today and Tomorrow!” is designed to highlight the long-lasting impact of ...planting a tree and the benefits it continues to provide to our community. This year will mark the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the holiday that celebrates #plantingtrees! This very significant day serves as a reminder of the importance of planting and taking care of trees. #PlantATree #PlantALegacy #ClimateAction #EnvironmentalEducation

According to ESI Africa, South Africa is fast approaching physical water scarcity (by 2025), and are expected to experience a water deficit of at least 17% by 2030. #ClimateChange will worsen the situation.

#WorldWaterWeek is brings this into our awareness and encourages us to explore new... ways of mitigating the challenges of water scarcity. It inspires us tackle the #WaterCrisis and its association with problems of health, #FoodSecurity, #BiodiversityLoss and climate change.

We hope you have learnt from this week's posts for world water week and have started implementing some of the tips we shared. What is your community doing to #SaveWater?

#WaterConservation #ClimateAction #EnvironmentalEducation

Swales and berms have been used to control water flow for centuries. A swale is a long, shallow ditch in the ground that enables rain water harvesting. It collects water during and after rainfall, allowing for a slow and consistent drainage of water into an area. The soil that is removed to create ...the swale is placed on the downside of the ditch to form a rounded wall or mound called a berm.

Berms go up, swales go down!

There are different swale systems such as diversion ditches, which slows down the movement of water while directing it elsewhere such as to a reservoir. Another is the swale on contour which aims to keep all the water in place until it is absorbed. It is important that the swale is closed at the ends otherwise it will become a channel for water causing erosion. Once the swale is made, the berm covered with mulch is the perfect place to grow trees and useful plants like asparagus, sweet potato and gooseberry. Within two years, the field or garden will become much more productive as the soil's ability to hold water will have significantly increased.

#WorldWaterWeek #WaterWise #GrowYourOwn #FoodSecurity #EnvironmentalEducation

Rainwater and grey #Waterharvesting are great water management and conservation methods.

Depending on the rainfall of your area, rainwater harvesting is a great way to capture and store water. You can collect rainwater off your roof into a tank or mulch pits (trenches that capture and ...store water in the ground covered with leaves or dried grasses to keep water in). Runoff water can also be slowed and captured by trenches called swales.

In simple terms, grey water is wastewater from non-toilet plumbing systems such as handbasins, washing machines, showers and baths that can be re-used as irrigation water in your garden.

#Permaculture #SaveWater #RecyleWater #WaterWise #WorldWaterWeek

Rainwater and grey #Waterharvesting are great water management and conservation methods.

Depending on the rainfall of your area, rainwater harvesting is a great way to capture and store water. You can collect rainwater off your roof into a tank or mulch pits (trenches that capture and ...store water in the ground covered with leaves or dried grasses to keep water in). Runoff water can also be slowed and captured by trenches called swales.

In simple terms, grey water is wastewater from non-toilet plumbing systems such as handbasins, washing machines, showers and baths that can be re-used as irrigation water in your garden.

#Permaculture #SaveWater #RecyleWater #WaterWise #WorldWaterWeek

Mulching is a simple and yet essential method of conserving water and protecting the soil. Mulching means covering the soil with organic matter (dry grass, leaves, wood chips or shredded paper) or inorganic matter such as stones. This helps increase and retain moisture, controls weeds and pests, ...and maintains soil nutrients. During this #WorldWaterWeek, we would like to encourage and remind you to #mulch your garden as much as possible!

#Permaculture #SustainableGardening #GrowYourOwn

Today is an important day marking the beginning of #WorldWaterWeek. This year's theme is "Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water".

No food garden, and in fact, all of life on Earth could not flourish without water. South Africa is a semi-arid country with limited water ...resources, so we need to ensure that we value our water and use it wisely. Due to the rising water crisis, we will be sharing water saving tips that you can implement in your school food garden throughout the week!

#waterwise #SaveWater #WaterIsLife #Permaculture #FoodSecurity

Yesterday Nunzi closed off the last of the EduPlant workshops for this term at Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa. The educators and community members got their hands dirty in some practicals, and resources such as seedlings and compost were distributed to the cluster schools.

Tiger ...Brands thank you for making this all possible! We're going to have some great gardens come spring!

#environmentaleducation #permaculture #permaculturedesign #LearningGarden #GrowYourOwn

EduPlant schools are making incredible strides in their implementation of the lessons shared during the workshops. The WhatsApp groups created by the EduPlant facilitators have also been a valuable tool in knowledge and resource sharing, helping the clusters and schools to support one another.
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Just like most schools, students from Lebello Primary School in Botshabello have spent a lot of quality time in the garden recently. Their main activity focus is #mulching, which is very important as it helps slow moisture evaporation so more water remains in the soil and is available for thirsty plant roots. Mulching also helps with weed suppression. A two to three inch layer of mulch naturally helps prevent weeds from sprouting and taking over the landscape by blocking their access to sunlight.

Tiger Brands & The Tiger Brands Foundation thank you for your ongoing support for these amazing developments in the EduPlant schools.

#Permaculture #SchoolGardening #YouthInAgriculture #EnvironmentalEducation #CommunityDevelopment

The second round of workshops has been going incredibly well. A total of 6 workshops have been held in Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, North West and Eastern Cape and it has been great connecting with the schools and seeing the progress that has been made since the first workshop....

We've enjoyed sharing our skills and knowledge of #permaculture with you, and look forward to the next workshops!

#GrowYourOwnFood #FoodSecurity #Community #Education #SchoolGarden

Happy #WomensDay to all the girls, women, moms, teachers and community members involved in our #Educational EduPlant school gardening programme. And a big thank you to the wonderful women at Tiger Brands for their partnership.

#WomensMonth #WomenInAgriculture #FeedingFamilies ...#CommunityDevelopment

The Alexander Cluster Schools recently had the great opportunity to be empowered with incredible knowledge and skills to develop and improve their #schoolgardens further.

The Workshop was hosted at MC Weiler Primary School where the students and teachers learned the importance of plant ...care as well as where, when and how to plant. EduPlant facilitator Nunzi provided exciting practical demonstrations in the gardens and involved the learners in designing garden beds, composting, mulching and planting, as well as constructing a trellis.

Participants got the opportunity to develop a "plant community guild" which demonstrated the importance of a diverse plant network. Thanks to Tiger Brands for #nourishingthenation.

#GrowingGreen #GrowYourOwn #FoodSecurity #LearningGarden #EnvironmnetalEducation

Umpopoli Primary School SoulBuddyz Club from Kabokweni cluster in Mpumalanga has made great strides since the first EduPlant workshops, in partnership with Tiger Brands.

They have applied their new learnings in such a way that their garden has improved tenfold, and they are already able to... harvest produce to use to prepare meals for their #SchoolNutritionProgramme, providing students with nourishing meals.

Have you had your first #freshharvest yet? 🍏Post a picture in the comments and let us know where you are from 🍉

#GrowYourOwn #GrowToEat #FoodSecurity #EnvironmentalEducation #GrowYourGarden #Education #NourishingTheNation

Dientjie Primary School from Graskop has made incredible progress in their #LearningGarden since the first EduPlant workshop, in partnership with Tiger Brands In preparation for the upcoming second workshop, the students are hard at work, preparing the soil to be healthy for planting and mulching ...the beds to build the soil and maintain moisture. They are also learning about permaculture principles in the classroom in anticipation of the practical work in their garden.

This is all part of the process of developing a portfolio of evidence throughout their participation in the programme. We cant wait to be inspired by the outcome of their garden!

What is your school in your garden? How have you been incorporating permaculture principles in your classroom? Let us know in the comments

#GrowYourOwn #GrowToEat #FoodSecurity #EnvironmentalEducation #GrowYourGarden #Education #NourishingTheNation

This month we are celebrating the #Women who have made EduPlant the success that it is since 1994 - from the Food & Trees for Africa staff who plan and run workshops and distribute resources, to the teachers who inspire their students and the community to get their hands dirty in the gardens, ...and the women #nourishingthenation at Tiger Brands and The Tiger Brands Foundation.

#WomensMonth #WomenInAgriculture #Food Security #GrowYourOwn

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