Slow Food Hunter Valley is contributing to the international Slow Food initiative to build 10,000 food gardens in Africa. The international project is committed to local food production in conjunction with a network of young people who are working to save Africa’s extraordinary food biodiversity, raise the profile of traditional knowledge and gastronomy and promote small-scale family farming.
Gardens We Sponsor
Esupati Community Garden (Tanzania, Arusha)
Slow Food has been developing activities in Tanzania since 2004, when over 20 delegates from the country participated in the first Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy. Now local Slow Food groups are promoting good, clean and fair food across the country, primarily in the north (Kilimanjaro, Meru and Arusha), along the coast (Dar es Salaam region) and in the central-east (Morogoro, Dodoma and Singida). Slow Food Hunter Valley is now the proud sponsor of the Esupati Community Garden.
St Denis Primary School
Late in 2019 we twinned the St Denis Primary School garden in Uganda with Telarah Public School in Maitland. The St Denis garden is located on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda with a total area of 2 acres and is cared for by the 146 pupils at the school. Crops grown include eggplant, sukuma wiki (collard greens), bananas, cassava, onions and cabbages. Manure is brought from home by the pupils and mulching and trenches are used to control soil erosion. We are very excited to be involved in this new Gardens in Africa twinning initiative. St Denis Primary School Garden.
Koanga High School Garden (Burkina Faso)
Koanga High School is found in the village of the same name in the Bingo Department of Centr-Ouest Region of Burkina Faso. The school has six teachers and 300 students aged between six and fifteen. The older students have most of the responsibility for the 320 square metre garden which produces crops such as sorrel, beans and onions. Food trees are also cultivated and include moringa, mangoes and peanuts.
Kiangima School Garden (Kenya)
Our contribution has seen Slow Food Hunter Valley sponsor a second garden in Kenya – the Kiangima School Garden. So far the children have cleared the land are are preparing it for planing vegetables in March when the rains come. With 28 children as custodians of the garden the school is looking forward to a successful year.
Kianamu School Garden (Kenya)
Slow Food Hunter Valley has sponsored the Kianamu School Garden as part of the international 10,000 Gardens in Africa project.