Today was a harvest day in the garden. We harvested a ton of spinach, beetroot, lettuce, and onion. I love harvest days because I can buy some fresh veggies and benefit the school, and we package up some of the produce and donate it to some of the orphans. Today 20 orphans received small food parcels, and some more will get them tomorrow, once we collect more plastic bags.
While we were out in the garden, my counterpart and I were discussing how quickly the plants are growing. She looked at the traditional beds, then at the permaculture trench beds, and then told me “Eish, these trench beds are so much better than our traditional beds. Look how big these vegetables are!”
Proof!! It has taken six months, but now anyone who comes into our garden can see how much better permaculture methods are. And being able to see the proof is far more effective than just telling people they are better.
We are holding another workshop next week, for two area schools who have requested our assistance (whoooo!!) and parents of some of our learners. You can bet I’m going to point out the differences between the two beds at the workshop!
(PS. How cool is it that other schools are looking to us for assistance?!)