The E.P. Mangobo school garden is found on the right side of the road towards Kasongo, close to the town hall and the catholic church in the Mangobo neighborhood in Alunguli, a municipality in Kindu.
E.P. Kabondo is an authorized Catholic establishment with more than 250 students and 15 teachers. The gardening activities are undertaken by 20 students and their families, ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old.
As far as the site’s management is concerned, the garden has a president, a secretary and a treasurer, while the funds are managed collectively. Indeed, all of the members consult and decide upon the management of the money: 50% is paid to the school, where it is managed by the school committee; 30% is divided among the families; and the remaining 20% is reserved for the garden’s coordination efforts.
The garden itself has a total surface area of 8.27 ha and is found near a stream which is a branch of a nearby river. The flora is dominated by soft-stemmed river species of plants, including: benth, Guinea grass, mimosa pudica and caesar weed. All of these plants help to fertilize the soil as they decompose. There are also cows nearby whose manure also helps to fertilize the soil.
The garden was founded by the association Indigenous Women for Development (AFID).This group is associated with the platform known as “Integral Development Consultation Framework of Maniema” (whose acronym is CACODI-MANIEMA); beginning from the technical supervision of the Ngo CARS the association put the members of the garden in contact with Slow Food International.
There are several different crops planted in this garden, including: celery, eggplant, sweet potatoes, spinach and pees (”niébé”). As the school is situated between a stream and a river, there are no problems with irrigation, even during the dry season. The members work with the students and all of them share the harvest.
Ville de Kindu, commune d’Alunguli, Mangobo neighborhood