Spring harvest

Seeds are selected from the seed bank at the Thrive Hub at Valley Nursery. Only heirloom and organic seeds are used, meaning seeds come from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the strong healthy parent plant to the child plant. The teams then fill seedling plug trays with freshly mixed organic soil and the seeds are carefully planted in each opening of the seed plug tray. Here, from left, Tyrone Adams from Sentinel Primary School, permaculturist, Mark Lewis, Denwill Adams from Sentinel Primary School and Zikhona Mdalase from Thrive fill the seed holders.

On Saturday October 8, Thrive Hout Bay will launch its organic market at Valley Nursery at 10am. The market is the result of the hard work of the Thrive team and eco heroes from schools and community gardens in Hout Bay and Llandudno who participate in the eco project throughout the year using Thrive’s five pillars of sustainability as a guideline. Thrive assists the schools to manage waste effectively, start and maintain vegetable gardens and fruit and nut orchards, introduce water and energy saving practices and plant indigenous plants which encourage local species of birds and insects.
To date, the various flourishing gardens have delivered one successful harvest after the other and will provide Hout Bay residents with the freshest vegetables in the bay on market day. YOLANDE DU PREEZ joined Thrive and the teams from Hout Bay High School and Sentinel Primary School for an afternoon to find out the secret of their vegetable growing success.