Vegetable Garden

Development and Success

Baraa Primary School always had a little vegetable garden. It mainly produced vegetables for the teachers. IThemba decided to cultivate enough vegetables to supplement the school lunch and increase its nutrition.

In January 2014 the little vegetable garden was transformed in a large garden with more than 30 beds. Using volunteers with experience in farming, gardening and agriculture, we designed a watering system. With the help of local NGO’s and businesses we grew indigenous plants, high in vitamins and protein. It has been a huge success. We grow so many organic vegetables we have been able to sell the surplus and use the money to buy new seeds.

AVRDC The World Vegetable Center is one of the organisations who donated seed kits and training to help expand the school garden. They have created a short film to show the positive impacts of those donations for the school.

The school vegetable garden is essential to our feeding program. It provides all of our pupils with vitamin rich vegetables for lunch. It helps us combat the severe malnutrition we are discovering in many of the pupils. It also enables us to teach our pupils about good agricultural methods.