In March, 2011, Slow Food NYC built a school garden at the Joe Slovo School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. With the guidance of our program chair, Sandra McLean, fourteen 7th graders created a vegetable garden from an empty lot. This garden serves as an educational platform for the students and augments the school’s feeding program. Students call it the Joe Slovo Soup Garden as everything they grow goes into a huge soup pot in which the cook makes soup for 700 students a day.
Slow Food NYC plans to continue the logistical and financial upkeep of Joe Slovo garden. We hope to connect our Urban Harvest students in New York City with our Urban Harvest students in Port Elizabeth.