Thanks to community support, Dowerglen High School turned its vision of a sustainable vegetable garden for its feeding scheme into reality. On November 16, the first phase of the garden was completed with collaboration from volunteers, including Xylem Watermark, Grow ZA, Central Build It, and Tim Nectar Farms.
Starting on November 13, the volunteers prepared the land on the school’s western side, clearing vegetation with the assistance of earth-moving machinery from Central Build It. The school aims to expand the project by planting fruit trees, engaging in beekeeping, and implementing various other initiatives.
Nadia Chraibi, Xylem Watermark’s Africa leader and marketing specialist, emphasised Xylem’s commitment to water preservation and providing sustainable solutions. The collaboration with communities focuses on long-term projects that benefit local residents. By involving learners in these initiatives, Xylem aims to promote sustainability awareness and equip them with skills to share with their families.
Dr. Larry Harmer, the head of the school, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its significance for Edenvale. The mini-farm will support the school’s feeding scheme and become an integral part of the consumer studies curriculum.
Craig Kensley from Grow ZA highlighted the success of similar initiatives in Alex, Hamenskraal, and Soweto, emphasising that sustainable gardens can thrive anywhere with the right custodians and careful project management. The seeds for the project come from Tim Nectar Farms, with Dowerglen High School envisioned as a future seed bank. The collaborative effort aims not only to sustain the school’s feeding scheme but also to empower the community with valuable skills and knowledge in sustainable agriculture.
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