This garden has been set up under the supervision of teacher and headmaster Elafegbes Edzeame.
Tomatoes, peppers, cocoyams, okra and Obatampa maize (whose name means “good parents” because it matures quickly) are among the crops being grown. Thirty-five students divided into three groups, each led by one prefect, are involved in the gardening activities.
The weeding, watering and cultivation is carried out on Friday afternoons and Saturday evenings, while during holidays, the prefects and the resident teachers care for the garden.
Some seeds are bought at the agricultural supply store, while others are brought by the students from home or provided by local farmers. A project to reproduce seeds is also planned for the future.
Cocoyam leaves and okra are sold to the school caterers as part of the government’s School Feeding Programme.
The community has decided to give a bigger plot of land for the garden, and in the future students would like to diversify the varieties cultivated, adding watermelon, cabbage, carrot, banana, garden egg (eggplant), pepper, orange, pineapple and yams.
The group of students who manage the garden are planning to improve water management (directing water flows and taking advantage of shade), to start intercropping (maize with groundnuts and okra) and to use the raised beds technique.
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