Worm tea – a key ingredient in our organic gardening

Have you ever heard of worm tea? It doesn’t sound great, does it? Thing is, it is amazing! It’s often misunderstood what worm tea actually is. It is not the leachate (water that has percolated through a solid and leached out some of the constituents) which gathers in the bottom bin of the worm farm.  This shouldn’t be used on your vegetables as it may contain pathogens and the PH  may be high, plus studies have shown that it has low nutritional value (so your plants will not thrive on it). Worm tea, however, is the key ingredients to your vegetables and plants thriving!

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Gardening for health, wealth and happiness

Gardening is one of humankind’s oldest practices, yet we seem to have lost the essence of this practice in the modern world. It is a given that growing your own veggies and fruits will improve your diet, but gardening also has a number of other physical and psychological benefits that will get you wanting to plant those seeds right away.

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What exactly is worm farming?

Worm farming, something Earthchild has implemented in the schools in Kayehlitsha and Lavender Hill, is a method of using worms to process organic food waste in order to produce a nutrient rich soil. Food waste includes coffee grounds, eggshells, tea bags, fruits and vegetables and even cardboard or paper. This is extremely beneficial for the environment in that the waste which would normally end up in a landfill is converted into compost for the garden.

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The Spinach King – A beacon of hope in the midst of Khayelitsha

The community of Khayelitsha, where Earthchild Project is present in 4 schools, is a very special one. The children are happy, smiling, and eager to learn and practice yoga, but their living and home situation is not always ideal, with some areas having families of 8-10 people living in one shack and having to walk up to 200 m for running water. Khayelitsha is one of the fastest growing townships in Cape Town and is prone to all different types of violence. Earthchild Project aims to help the children living in this environment to realise their potential and to create new possibilities for their lives.

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Little Green Fingers

Over the years we’ve planted many gardens, big and small.  However, theft and vandalism have been a constant challenge and have often left us and the children feeling quite despondent.  That’s until Xoli came up with a great solution – the indoor windowsill herb garden!

Our main aim has always been to give children the experience of planting, caring for and harvesting as a way to deepen their connection and appreciation for nature.  And now, all our Living Classrooms have beautiful basil, mint, sage, parsley and chillies growing in their classrooms, right next to their worm farms.

A few little entrepreneurs have decided the want to make herb bunches to sell to the teachers at the end of the year.

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From Harvest to Salad: Eco-Warriors, Harmony Primary

Our Eco-Warriors at Harmony Primary in Lavender Hill, Cape Flats, earlier this year got their hands dirty planting a container garden at their school. Not only has the garden transformed the space into a green and vital area, they recently enjoyed fruit (vegetables?) of their labor.

Take a look at the photo gallery below, which shows them harvesting and then transforming their harvest into a delicious salad…

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We teach children to connect to self, each other and the earth through yoga and life skills.

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We teach children to cultivate practical skills for life through gardening and worm farming.

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We're inspiring a new generation of young leaders through hikes and holiday programmes.

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