Com­pany em­ploy­ees boost school food project

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO EDUCATION - Muzi Zin­c­ume

A GROUP of ded­i­cated staff of the Em­pan­geni and Richards Bay Wool­worths stores rolled up their sleeves to work side-by-side with learn­ers and teach­ers of Wood and Row Pri­mary School to cel­e­brate World Food Day on Tues­day.

The em­ploy­ees ar­rived at the school with gar­den­ing tools, seeds and com­post to im­prove the school’s per­ma­cul­ture food gar­den.

Wood and Raw Pri­mary is sit­u­ated in uMh­lathuze Vil­lage and has 1 200 learn­ers, of whom 20% are or­phans

Richards Bay

Store Man­ager An­drew Briggs said the school started its food gar­den­ing project in 2014 and has at­tended all the EduPlant pro­grammes.

‘This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us to be out in the com­mu­nity, join the kids and teach them about per­ma­cul­ture food gar­den­ing, while help­ing them to ex­pand the gar­den and boost the school’s sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion,’ he said

Briggs ex­plained that Wool­worths part­nered with the EduPlant Pro­gramme 14 years ago to im­prove food se­cu­rity in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. ‘EduPlant is man­aged by Food and Trees for Africa, the lead­ing food gar­den­ing en­tity in the coun­try. Wool­worths em­ploy­ees have been in­volved over the last two months, vol­un­teer­ing to work at 10 schools across the coun­try.’ Briggs said Wool­worths has pre­sented free work­shops for teach­ers to learn per­ma­cul­ture skills and pre­pare for a bi­en­nial schools food gar­den com­pe­ti­tion.

‘This school has a flour­ish­ing food gar­den which pro­vides fresh veg­eta­bles, herbs and fruit for their feed­ing scheme, and any sur­plus is given to vul­ner­a­ble learn­ers to take home with them.’

A Food and

Trees for Africa rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Bharathi Tugh, said they brought 15 fruit trees for plant­ing and a good sup­ply of veg­etable seeds

Act­ing school Prin­ci­pal, Thulile Mbonambi, said that veg­eta­bles will as­sist them to boost their ex­ist­ing school nu­tri­tion pro­gramme.

‘This will help us to have our own fresh fruits and veg­etable from our own gar­den, and we will share some with needy fam­i­lies as well.

‘Our spon­sors will also help us to in­stall a wa­ter sys­tem for ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses next to our gar­den,’ she said.

All smiles from the Wool­worths team after plant­ing the first fruit tree Muzi Zin­c­ume

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