Fit for a king! Organic veggie garden feeds school, families
24 March 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018416
PLANS to create a nutritional organic vegetable garden at King’s College Primary School, which will help to provide at least two healthy meals a day, is underway in Oceanview, East London. The school provides education, training and skills development to over 350 children.
In addition to the garden project, Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm is also funding a rooftop solar PV installation to reduce the monthly operational electricity cost. The solar system is to be installed on each of the three school building wings to meet the electricity needs of the irrigation system and borehole.
“This is a fully sustainable project that includes organic vegetable production that is used to provide nutritional meals for the learners as well as helping to feed staff and their families, with a portion to be given to elderly widows and orphans in the surrounding community,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
“Furthermore, a small portion of the vegetables will be sold commercially to provide funding to buy seeds and seedlings to grow new vegetable crops.”
This large-scale vegetable garden is designed to feed the 350 school children, teachers and their families, using the internationally recognised world‐best practice way of farming organic sustainable vegetable technology, with a wide range of nutritional vegetables farmed that incorporate organic conservation practices.
Radebe said the methodology is cost effective and climate smart, utilising the most water-efficient micro drip irrigation and organic composting resulting in increased soil fertility.
“This may sound complicated, but the agricultural technology and practical methodology is relatively simple to teach to learners and community members, which means that this vegetable garden project will provide valuable skills, training and expertise to the children to grow healthy vegetables.”
The school cares for children from Oceanview, Pellsrus and Tokyo Sexwale, as well as Krusifontein, Kwanomzamo, Hankey, Weston and surrounding areas.