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Willowmore High now has its own veggie garden

“We are proud of our garden and the impact it has on the community”

Cabbage and lettuce, radish and spinach.

These are some of the wholesome veggies that are ready to harvest at the newly unveiled Rotary Club of Benoni’s vegetable garden at Willowmoore High School.

Working in conjunction with the school’s Interact Club, the Rotary club received sponsorship for the initiative from MiTek International.

“Our vision was to establish a sustainable seasonal garden that will be maintained, planted and harvested by the 235 Interact members throughout the year,” said Wilna Dixon, Rotary Club of Benoni president.

“The funds made available to us led to the erection of two agricultural tunnels, helped to raise planters, set up irrigation and bought tools, all done by Hiten Howell and his team.”

Before the agricultural tunnels were erected.

Work on the garden started in February and by April the first crops were planted.

“One of our former learners, who is currently studying at the Ekurhuleni Agricultural College, in Cloverdene volunteered his time at the garden, teaching the Interact members about various planting and fertilisation techniques,” said Sharol Naidoo, club coordinator.

“Produce from the garden has been made available to 22 families that receive assistance through our feeding project as well as the Salvation Army and other community feeding projects.

“Excess produce is sold to the school’s staff and funds are then used to purchase additional seedlings.”

According to Herman Lombard, managing director of MiTek South Africa, the company’s transformation team decided to support this project as it truly reaches out to the community and has a positive impact on the lives of learners and their families.

Willowmore High School’s Interact coordinator Sharol Naidoo proudly poses with some of the garden’s flourishing cabbages.

“The project has had an energising effect on all the learners that are involved. It has given them a sense of accomplishment, seeing the vegetables grow from humble seedlings to nutritious crops,” said Naidoo.

“Recipients of food hampers have also commented on the variety of veggies that is given to them as well as its quality and taste.”

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