Feeding more than 300 kids, including orphans daily is no small task. Everyone needs to be involved. And may I add we have 2 gardens and they are B – I – G! Producing enough food in a sustainable way needs a lot of planning and produce.
Our school kids are very much involved in making sure these gardens are in tip-top condition. All our sponsored students give up their free time and holiday time to work in the gardens to make sure they are well watered. Our bigger garden on the base are being looked after by our mission staff on the base. Fresh cabbage, carrots, onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, bananas, pineapples, lemons, beetroot, peas, lettuce, pumpkin, squash and many other products are picked early in the morning to be distributed to our schools and orphans.
Due to the fact that our base is situated next to a river, the Mucombeze river, droughts do not effect us much. During our rainy season we are totally flooded but new wonderful soil washed down the river ends up in our garden which in return makes good crops possible.
The 2010 veggie gardens are currently overflowing and it really looks like God passed their in the morning to inspect the crop. It is plentiful …. which means we can feed many. The many widows we take care off also enjoys some of the crop.
It made me think of Jubilee – you know …. that time in the history of Israel where after every 50 years every slave could go free, widows received their land back and so on. A sight to behold.
Special thanks to all our school kids who gave up yet another holiday to help us to sustain the garden and to Polokwane’s A-team who provided all our seed for the last 5 years. Be blessed ya all!