Inspired by a visit to Stellenbosch’s Botanical Garden, Grade 1 students at Vision Afrika’s Primary School are now learning how to grow their own vegetables.
The plants and seeds for their new venture, which are all indigenous and drought-resistant, were donated by Sivuyile Kwetela, who is chief horticulturalist at the Botanical Garden.
He brought the gifts to the school with his team of five and showed the learners how to plant them before giving each one of them the chance to have a go too.
The aim is to help them make the school a prettier, greener, happier place that attracts local birds and wildlife.
A further goal is to create an ongoing relationship with the Vision AfriKa students and to set up visits to the Gardens each term in order to teach them different facets of gardening and horticulture.
The donation came at a good time as the Grade 1 class is currently learning about fruit and vegetables and how they can best lead a healthy lifestyle. This meant that creating their own vegetable patch helped to reinforce this learning.