Emperor Academy is in Atta Mensah, a community predominantly made up of people from the Ga Adangbe ethnic group, located in the Dangbe West district in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. The school’s garden was started by the Slow Food Accra Convivium.
The garden covers about a quarter of an acre. The crops planted include okra, tomatoes, plantain and garden eggs (eggplant). The garden is managed by 50 pupils (30 boys and 20 girls) with the assistance of three teachers. The pupils are aged between 7 and 14.
The soil’s fertility is maintained by using cow dung as fertilizer. There are many cattle ranches in the community so it is easy to get manure. The major challenges facing the garden are irrigation during the dry season and damage to the garden caused by cattle. The garden has now been fenced with a nylon mesh.
To better manage the garden, the pupils and teachers decided to incorporate some fruit trees in the garden and divide the garden into plots for each class to tend.
Produce from the garden is usually used to supplement meals cooked for the children.
Atta Mensah, Dangbe West district, Greater Accra region