Did you know that Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kohlibari, Brussel sprouts and Cabbage originate from the wild mustard plant (Brassica Oleracea)? Today’s lesson plan hosted for the Barcelona community and was attended by 25 community members that included Unakho's children's home, Amasoja Youth iniative and members of the Barcelona community.
Thanks to PPECB, the Call 2 Care team were able to host a workshop as part of the iGardi Project in order to improve lives through education. The workshop highlighted all things Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cabbage, companion planting with herbs as a natural pest deterrent and the children participated in a fun true or false quiz to test their knowledge.
We spent the first portion of the workshop illustrating the different properties that makes the Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower plant unique with in class examples. We highlighted the numerous herbs that could be planted as companions in order to deter common pests.
The second portion of the workshop involved leveraging the iGardi boxes installed on site at Unakho in order to plant the vegetables effectively. We planted a single cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower within a single square foot with a number of herbs around them which act as a pesticide. We then reminded the class of the importance of mulching.
We also had a praying mantis visit us on site and we reminded the class how praying mantis are an example of a good pest. Did you know that the praying mantis will eat aphids, whitefly, mites and other small insects and eggs? Although it is not uncommon for the praying mantis to snack on one of the good pests but that's all part of a natural balanced Ecosystem.
Call 2 Care's The iGardi Project is a fun and unique way to help increase the diversity of food and nutrition in underprivileged communities through our proven model for water-wise vegetable food gardening that educates and empowers individuals to ensure food security. The iGardi Project hosts a number of educational programs within communities to ensure that anyone is able to grow their own nutritious food sustainably. By connecting volunteer teams, NGOs and providing avenues for investment, we ensure local community involvement, training and build community ownership.