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Shoolchildren at 36 schools are fed through food gardens planted by City Parks. They are also taught about gardening and the schools do the maintenance, so growing awareness and spreading skills.

Food gardens at schools ensure that almost 23 000 children across Johannesburg receive nutritious foodPUPILS have some measure of food security and improved nutrition at various Johannesburg schools, in which the environmental education unit of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has developed 36 organic food gardens.

In planting the gardens, the unit has partnered with the private and public sector to enhance feeding schemes at schools. Through their gardens, the schools get fresh organic vegetables that have higher levels of many disease fighting antioxidants.

Food gardens at schools ensure that almost 23 000 children across Johannesburg receive nutritious food that tastes good and is good for health, as well as for the health of the environment.

Gardens have been planted at Lyndhurst Primary, Durban Deep Primary, Jabulile High and Realogile Secondary schools, among others in previously disadvantaged areas such as Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Dobsonville and Alexandra.

A school in Ivory Park has recently joined the food garden ranks, and its garden will be unveiled later this month.

Among the vegetables grown are spinach, Chinese cabbage, beetroot, spring onions and tomatoes. Besides the provision of food, the food gardens help to eradicate poverty through job creation, which is addressed through the Expanded Public Works Programme, skills development, and development training, as well as provide a clean and safe environment.

Jenny Moodley, City Parks' marketing manager, says that the gardens are an environmental tool through which pupils can develop their knowledge of gardening.

To keep the gardens in top-notch condition, the environment unit conducts monthly site visits and gives advice on maintenance.

While City Parks does its best in lending its services to schools and the community, help is always appreciated.

Funding comes from Engen South Africa, Total South Africa and BMW, as well as other groups. The gardens are well cared for, and workshops conducted for community members, grounds men and teachers.

Johannesburg City Parks was established in 2000. It manages Joburg's parks, cemeteries, open green areas, street trees as well as conserved spaces. It also reclaims areas that have been neglected. However, it is the responsibility of every individual to take care of the environment in which they live. To ensure you live in a clean and safe place, respect your surroundings and promote environmental awareness.