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Growing food, building security

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Today, World Food Day, we introduce the first in a series of practical garden activities for anyone wanting to start a garden.

They come from Feeding the Self, a public benefit organisati­on which is active in Grahamstow­n, in partnershi­p with the Umthathi Training Project.

On its website, Feeding The Self describes itself as an innovative food security, education, and community developmen­t project.

“We started off in university providing student support services and lecturing, before we realised that the problems in education were much deeper down; students were not interested in what they were learning, did not know how to learn, and had serious problems that needed to be addressed before they could concentrat­e, like not having enough to eat.

“In response, we developed an integrated course that requires no resources aside from labour, land and seeds, adaptable to any environmen­t it might find itself in.”

The organisati­on started from the idea that people need to see quick results, and to be interested and social in their learning.

“Without these, no project could sustainabl­y succeed.”

Feed the Self aims to provide participan­ts with what they need to expand the garden, first around their school, then at their homes, then into the community.

The organisati­on’s workshops and courses find simple, practical solutions to food security, education, community developmen­t and environmen­tal problems at schools and workplaces. What makes them different? They say their success lies in synergisin­g the school, home, child, teacher and community.

Go to their website (feedingthe­self.org/) for gardening and teaching resources.

For more informatio­n e-mail chirag.patel@feedingthe­self.org or call 074 903 1332 /

073 557 8909 Testing the soil and filtration How do you tell if the soil is good?

 ?? Photo: Sue Maclennan ?? Zuki Lamani supervises Thembaleth­u Libi, Lihle Mthana, Siyamthand­a Sam and Mihlali Donda, all Grade 6 pupils at St Mary's Primary School, as they tend their garden patches behind the St Mary’s Developmen­t Centre.
Photo: Sue Maclennan Zuki Lamani supervises Thembaleth­u Libi, Lihle Mthana, Siyamthand­a Sam and Mihlali Donda, all Grade 6 pupils at St Mary's Primary School, as they tend their garden patches behind the St Mary’s Developmen­t Centre.
 ?? Photo: Sue Maclennan ?? Umanathi Sam and Zane Stokes fetch water from the rainwater tank.
Photo: Sue Maclennan Umanathi Sam and Zane Stokes fetch water from the rainwater tank.
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