Bryanston Grade 0s plant a garden of hope

Abigail Matsekoleng and her schoolmates will be donating their vegetables to two schools in need.

 

The children of Bryanston Grade 0 have got their hands dirty in order to help less fortunate kids in need.

The five classes of Grade 0, which are run as their own school independently of Bryanston Primary School but on the same property, have launched a gardening project for the children to learn about the environment and provide much-needed food for children who are less fortunate.

The school came up with the idea because of the initiative currently being run by the GardenShop to get children into gardening and provide veggie patches for underprivileged schools. “We were inspired by the ‘Jabu and the Beanstalk’ initiative,” explained principal Cheryl de Melo.

“Here at the school, we planted a veggie garden specifically to support two less-fortunate schools. So far we have planted beans, kale, onions, tomatoes and carrots.”

The school and its children planted the vegetables on 7 September on campus and combined the gardening with fun spring day events which the schoolchildren could enjoy. The seeds for the garden were donated by parents, and the school has at the same time started their own composter using materials brought from home.

AJ Mashamhanda gets his start in gardening as he works on the patch where spring onions are planted.

Kayla Da Fanseca gets stuck in as she helps plant vegetables.

“Bryanston Grade 0 already supports two needy schools: The Babelegi Preschool which is outside Pretoria, and the Ebenezer Preschool in Orange Farm. Our kids collect Easter eggs and organise Christmas presents for these schools already.

“The vegetables that we grow will be given to the two schools for them to feed the kids.”

The public is welcome to get involved with the GardenShop’s ‘Jabu and the Beanstalk’ initiative as well, where winners will not only win cash prizes for themselves but also a veggie patch to donate to a needy school of their choice.

Kiaan Pillay is ready with his spade to help Danijela Aracic plant another new sprout in the Bryanston Grade 0 vegetable garden. Photos: Chamoné Grant

Teacher Chrizinda Cole gives Joel van der Merwe a helping hand as the children plant their very own veggie garden for the needy.

To qualify for the competition, you need to spend R150 at the store to receive your magic bean. Spot prizes are also available for people who take the best photos of themselves with the GardenShop giant. The competition closes 4 December.

Details: www.gardenshop.co.za/jabu

 

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Robyn Kirk
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