Footprints spill the beans on their first community veggie garden

Diego Kruger fills egg trays with soil at Footprints Special Needs School.

Footprints Special Needs School will be cool as a cucumber when they plant their first community vegetable garden.

All they need now is your help to make it a success, you know, so they don’t find themselves in a pickle.

One could say the school has a no couch potato policy as they feel it is important to give quality back to the community.

 

Sandile Dladla and Quan Swanepoel paint a tyre as part of the veggie garden preparation.

 

Footprints Special Needs School can’t wait to plant these pumpkin seedlings in their veggie garden.

Sharon Rowe, principal of the school said still need a donation of pallets to use as containers for the various vegetables they plan to plant on the corner of Republic Road and Silver Pine Avenue.

They are currently planting mealies, Hubbard squash, tomatoes, butternut, carrots, beans and spinach.

“We are placing the seeds in egg trays so that they’re ready to place into their containers also, these vegetables are the sort one needs daily,” said Rowe.

 

Quan Swanepoel paints one of the tyres that will be used in the vegetable garden.

The children have started to decorate the materials they have so far, as they aim to make the garden eye-catching. Rowe envisages this project will teach the children how to grow vegetables, sustain a community, run a successful business and teach them how to feed themselves.

The school, who are full of beans over this initiative, had been in search of a location to use and considered having it outside their school but knew that there was not much traffic of people around that area.

So, they searched for a suitable location and, with the help of a community member, found the perfect one.

Rowe explained how important it is for the children to get involved in such a project because they need to know that, although they might face challenges, other people face challenges too.

“They need to give back in order to receive because it is a win-win for all.”

 

These egg trays contain spinach seeds for Footprints Special Needs School’s community vegetable garden.

Through this ongoing project, which requires the children to continually work hard to preserve it, the school will feed the community as anyone can take vegetables from the garden.

The school aims to ensure they have everything in place by the end of the school term. So far various materials have been donated, including a concrete kidney bath, which will be incorporated in the vegetable garden.

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