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Bakalarr Vegetable Gardens - Another Harvest
Bakalarr Basic Cycle School, in the North Bank Region, serves five local villages. Like most rural schools in The Gambia, Bakalarr BCS has always had a vegetable plot, using it to produce food and as a teaching aid in science and agriculture. The gardens became much more productive after the school boundary wall was built, giving protection from wandering animals.
Pippa and Ian report after their visit to the vegetable gardens at Bakalarr School in February 2004:-
"On our tour round the school we were shown two completely new gardens that had been started since our visit in October 2003. They had been planted out entirely with the seeds that we had taken out with us in October (donated by Suttons and Unwins) and were most impressive. We were presented with some excellent examples of the produce from the gardens - in particular a green pepper and an aubergine that would have taken prizes in many a Garden Club competition. The three staff members that were responsible for the gardens were justifiably proud of the results of the efforts put in by themselves and the children. Many of the vegetables are used in the school kitchens, while some are sold to provide funds for the older children (who are not catered for in the school feeding programme, which is for Grades 1-6 only). In addition to this, the gardens provide a valuable teaching resource for the agricultural science programme."