This school garden is found on Kichangani Bahari Beach road. It involves 20 students, 10 girls and 10 boys.
Amaranthus (mchicha), sweet potato leaves (matembere), pumpkin leaves (majani ya maboga), cow peas (majani ya kunde), Black night shade (mnafu), Ethiopian mustard (mbigili), Black jack (kishona nguo), Fame flower (mchicha maua), Malabar Spinach (delega) and lemongrass (mchaichai).
The fertilizers and pesticides applied are all organic: cow and chicken dung manure together with traditional organic pesticides like a mixture of pepper (pilipili), garlic (kitunguu saumu), grinded Neem seeds (mbegu za mwarobaini), ashes (majivu), cooking oil and water. They also use insect repelling plants.
Growing food without the use of petrochemical pesticides, herbicides and inorganic fertilizers is and has always been the school’s foremost objective. The students also use of beneficial insects, diversity of plants, and compost to supply the soil with nutrients. Full involvement of school children and school committee in the development of gardens is essential, for example by providing cow dung and chicken manure, collecting vegetable seeds from home or/and from the wild. By selling some of the garden produces, the school gains income that can be used to purchase garden equipments and also to cover other necessary costs. These kinds of self-reliant practices also ensure garden sustainability.
Bahari, Dar Es Salaam
Debora Mwenda (Headmistress)