This garden is situated in the Gburmani Ahamadia primary school in the Tolon district of Ghana’s northern region. It’s situated about 6 km south of Tolon. The school was established by the Ahamadia Mission and has a child sponsorship programme conducted by the Christian Children Fund of a Canadian Ngo operating in the area. The size of the garden is 120 m2 and about 130 pupils (78 boys and 52 girls) within the age brackets of 8-17 are involved in the gardening activities with the support of 2 teachers.
The garden uses beds and ridges because it is on flat land. The soil is sandy loam and good for cultivating vegetables, grains and legumes. The crops grown are groundnuts, maize, okra and african spinach, “ayoyo” (a leafy vegetable with the scientific name Corchorus, belonging to the Malvaceae family). Some of the crops will be used to prepare traditional dishes, such as “Tuo Zafi” (a thick porridge with many variations: it can be made from millet, sorghum, corn, and/or cassava mixtures) to feed the children, while some will also be sold, particularly the vegetables, to earn income for the purchase of planting materials.
Gburmani village, Tolon district, northern region