Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like
a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde
The wonderful Angela Beltane, organic farmer from Cowichan, Vancouver Island, spent 4 weeks with us at Slangspruit Primary School, staying at Nelly Mbeje’s house in Slangspruit (much to the utter delight of the children!) and establishing an organic vegetable garden to enhance the nutritional value of the school lunches.
The existing vegetable patch was very overgrown and Angie got to work with the 2 grounds men, weeding. A few truckloads of horse manure worked into the soil and left to stand for a couple of days got the ground prepared for rows of seedlings; spinach, cabbage, beetroot, onions, mustard greens, parsley, tomatoes, green beans, seeds for companion gardening were sown as were carrots.
2 large water tanks were installed, a shelter that also serves to feed rain water into the tanks, and drip irrigation for every row of seedlings.
We also went out to a sugar cane farm for a few bags of cane mulch, apparently highly nutritious for the soil. The farmer and his helper filled bags for us and happily sent us on our way!
Since the school grounds men are kept busy with all the school maintenance, we hired young Nhlonipho Gasa to work with Angie, absorb much of her mentoring and wisdom and to be in charge of tending the vegetable garden. He is a natural and loves gardening!
They secured the fencing to keep the pigs and goats out until we could install new strong fencing offering a little more space with a little gate.
Angie also planted groupings of indigenous trees along the side of the school, not only to one day provide shade for the children but also to break the weather that howls from that side. All the groupings were fenced with 9’ fencing…to keep the goats from munching on the trees!
All of this courtesy of Angie’s humanitarian and philanthropic heart.
We thank you Angie!