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Faculty of Science

09/06/2015

 

About 5 years ago Agricultural Students from North Campus started a vegetable garden. Dr Tim Pittaway, a lecturer in the Agriculture and Game Ranch Management Department at NMMU, has been overseeing the garden that now provides more than just a place for students to complete part of their Plant Production course; they also provide a substantial amount of vegetables to the Campus Clinic.

Dr Pittaway says the garden “is used as a simulator to teach students the agriculture processes in crop production, from nursery to soil preparation to planting to harvest and then finally packing. This is also an organic garden, so no chemicals are used and supports our campus green initiative”. The idea for the vegetable garden is to see the students use their knowledge of Plant Production to impact the community in a positive way. The garden provides the students with a safe environment to experiment and build confidence, while learning to take responsibility for what they are growing, and encourages an appreciation of nature and a sense of environmental stewardship.

The students grow a variety of vegetables and the garden now accommodates: cabbage, carrots, beetroot, spinach, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, brinjals, butternut and pattypan squash. On 5 May, the students harvested a batch of vegetables that were donated to the clinic, the following is a list of what was donated:

71 X BUNCHES OF SPINACH

13 X CABBAGES

38 X CARROTS

40 X TOMATOES

1 X ONION

10 X PATTYPAN SQUASH
 

Dr Pittaway says that the next project for the students is to introduce aquaponics to the garden.

Pictured above are second year students, Pamela Mabiza and Sandisiwe Mkhize with vegetables they have grown, for their Plant Production course, on North Campus.