Dibanisa visits Growing the Future

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 9th November 2012

Last week’s Dibanisa lesson took place at Growing the Future, where our group learnt more about organic farming. Anchelle, one of our Growing the Future students, was our guide and showed us around!

We started off with the students’ veggie gardens. Each lady has her own garden where she is allowed to grow vegetables that she can take home to feed her family.

We then went for a walk through the herb patch where the kids could smell the various herbs. Anchelle (Read more about Anchelle) also told the kids what the various herbs are good for.

After that, we moved through the vegetable garden which produces organic vegetables that are used in the Grootbos kitchens where the kids learnt more about the various vegetables.

We also paid a visit to the happy, free range chickens that are responsible for eggs which are supplied to Grootbos! The kids went looking for fresh eggs and also took turns holding the chickens!

In the permaculture garden, Anchelle told the kids about creative gardening solutions and that one should think three dimensionally when designing a garden. She showed them the structure that they are going to use to lead cucumbers up. The cucumbers will then provide shelter to more fragile plants such as lettuces.

In the hothouse, Anchelle showed them the seedlings that are propagated and then planted into the veggie gardens!

Next, it was the turn of Scratchie and her piglets! Everyone was very impressed with how big Scratchie is! We were also happy to see that the 5 piglets are happy and healthy!

After are look around Growing the Future, we went for a walk. We experienced two different ecosystems – fynbos and Milkwood forest!

Thank you to all Growing the Future staff and students for their hospitality!

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