Touching the Earth Lightly’s Stephen Lamb has joined forces with a team of horticulture enthusiasts to bring a sustainable nursery complete with vertical garden to the Gege Crèche in Langa, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The city's Environmental Resource Management Department, artist Andrew Lord, the Handspring Theatre Puppet Company and Ackerman Pick and Pay Foundation joined Lamb to create the green, prefab structure for local children to enjoy. The building is lined with vertical gardens on its sun-facing sides to provide fresh food for the crèche.
Funded by the Ackerman Pick and Pay Foundation, the vertical garden was created to give local kids a chance at nutrition, but growing foods on site.
The principal of the nursery school gave input on the types of foods needed, and staff were given tutorials on how to care for and harvest the edibles.
Wonderbags were also given to help prepare the fruits and veggies harvested throughout the season, to provide energy-packed meals.
The light weight prefab structure was easily assembled on site, designed to be elevated to avoid groundwater floods that are persistent in the area.
Along with the sustainable structure, the area around the school was also planted with trees and gardens to landscape the area. The vertical food gardens are joined by water tanks donated by Jo-Jo Tanks, as well as a sustainably built playground by WEPEX Innovative Engineering Solutions.
The new Gege Nursery will help local children not only live healthier lives, but to learn about food nutrition from seed to fruit.