The Lohem School is located at Asutuare Junction in the Shai Osudoku district of the Greater Accra region. The school has a population of about 600 pupils, with 350 boys and 250 girls. A total of 150 students work in the garden, from class 4 up to junior high school level. The garden covers about an acre and is planted with crops like pawpaw, peppers, tomatoes and mango.
The garden is divided into four sections and managed by groups, named for colors (red, green, blue and yellow). At the end of each term, the best gardening group wins a prize, which encourages pupil participation.
The Accra Convivium has taught the pupils how to prepare their own compost from garden waste.
Crop rotation is practiced in the garden and together with the use of compost this helps to maintain and increase the soil’s fertility. The harvest is generally used to supplement school meals. Any surplus is sold at the market and the funds generated are used to buy additional tools.
Asutuare Junction, Shai Osudoku district, Greater Accra region
Anthony Nsoh Akunzule