Since the beginning of the year, our school canteens project in Burkina Faso has expanded with the introduction of market gardens within the schools.
Objective: make the canteens more self-reliant through the cultivation of vegetables, especially during out-of-season period when vegetables are not available. Gardens also bring a green touch within the school compound!
Two schools had the opportunity to launch their market garden, including Sarogo village school, in Nobéré commune. The garden began in mid-January with the reception of material such as seeds, tools for soil tillage, tools for crop harvesting but also watering cans. Special attention is indeed paid to a rational use of water, and watering cans allow an efficient optimization of irrigation.
Students play an important role in this joint project which they help implement. The educational team and 4th-grade students have been trained in market gardening, plant nursery maintenance and compost production.
They also apply the teachings received. For two weeks, from 7 a.m to 8.30 a.m, students were involved in the tasks to launch the production, such as vegetable, compost and hedgerows production.
. The pesticide-free fresh products supplied by the garden, (tomatoes, cabbages, eggplants, green onions), will be used by the canteen cooks to provide healthy and balanced meals for the children.
. A manure pit intended for the production of compost manufactured from organic waste and cow manure, is developed within the garden. The compost will help enhance the soil and thus improve the growth of cultures.
. The garden is fenced with wire netting and hedgerows to prevent the intrusion of free grazing animals. The nursery will provide trees for the hedgerows. Tree seedlings are grown in breeding ground sachets and protected from the sun by the shadow of millet and sorghum stalks.
Students are presently watering the productions every morning, and fill every evening the retention pond which feeds the productions. They will soon undertake soil preparation for vegetable transplanting.