Buying foodstuffs at the market to feed around 60 students costs quite a lot of money. Also we want to continue increasing the number of students so that more children from poor homes stand the chances for completely free school education. Because of that the team of Mawuvio's Outreach Programme made a first attempt of planting a small garden next to the new school building by the summer of 2013.
For the future we are planning a big garden with an area of about 1,800 square yards for cultivating vegetables, fruits and herbs to feed all of our students. This should bring down the costs for foodstuffs and gain independence from price fluctuations. As well an overrun of harvested food can be sold at local markets to achieve some additional income.
An implementation would be quite easy because Ghana has a very manifold vegetation and a big amount of different foodstuffs to offer. Rice, corn, beans, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, carrots, salad, okras, plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava, taro, pepper, yam, bananas, oranges, watermelons, mango, papaya, avocado, coconuts, peanuts, sugar cane ...
As well we want to give our students an understanding of cultivating foodstuffs and teach them the required skills by implementing the topic into the lessons or by offering it as an after school programme.
More pictures of our sustainable farm can be seen in our photo gallery.