Reaping the rewards

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Thanks to assistance from ABSA Bank and Food & Trees for Africa, we now have a thriving vegetable garden in the grounds. Reaping the reward.

With food prices increasing every month, the Johannesburg Children’s Home is looking at different ways of becoming more self sufficient.

Growing our own vegetables was one of the first ideas to be put into practice. Not only will the children benefit from fresh healthy vegetables at mealtimes, by learning how to grow their own food they’ll have a skill they can use for the rest of their lives.

Turning food waste into compost
But it doesn’t end there. Potato peelings, egg shells, teabags and other food waste are also being turned into nutritious compost for the gardens, thanks to Life Landscapes and Earth Probiotic who introduced us to the Bokashi system.

Developed in Japan in the 80s, Bokashi uses a carrier (bran), molasses, water and a mix of probiotic bacteria, yeast and fungi to break down food waste through a fermentation process. Because it’s completely natural and biodegradable, Bokashi is 100% safe and recycles food waste into rich garden compost.

Water wise
Another development aimed at self-sustainability and saving money, was the redevelopment of our borehole system.

With the help of sponsors Barrow Construction (Donald Barrow), WET (Water Engineering & Pumping Technologies), BUCO, and water engineers Brian Ross and Vollie Brink, new tanks and a filtration pump were installed to supply the cottages with borehole water.

The official switch over took place on 17 November and we look forward to huge savings going forward.

Additional steps towards reducing the impact of our home on the environment are planned for the year ahead. Watch this space!

[ Posted 20 January 2017 ]

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