Buying foodstuffs at the market to feed over 100 students costs a lot of money. We also strive to continue increasing the number of students so that more children from poor homes can have opportunity to receive basic 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.
In 2017, we fenced off 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.
Ghana has a diverse vegetation and a variety 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 etcetera.
Students learn skills to plant, cultivate and harvest foodstuffs in school and those with further interest participate in the sustainable farming afterschool programme.
In 2019, MOP acquired a nearby pond and have future hopes to begin breeding and harvesting fish to further bring down the monthly feeding cost at the school.
More pictures of our sustainable farm can be seen in our photo gallery.