Help with Spekboom project

I am a teacher at a socio and economically challenged school and community.  I am situated on the border of the Gauteng and Nort west Provinces, close to Johannesburg with various mines and industries with polution issues. I would like to use the spekboom nursery to address environmental awareness at the school, supplement the school funds, teach the learners practical entrepreneurial skills to enable them to break the cycle of poverty by becoming self employed entrepreneurs instead of unemployed, poverty stricken citizens of our country.

I have already started on a very small scale experimenting with making cuttings and growing the spekboom, however, I need guidance and advise as to how to develop the project further and I am hoping that you would be able to assist me in achieving this goal.  If not, I would appreciate it very much if you would be able to direct me to someone that would be able to assist me in achieving this goal. Thank you very much and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sandra Kruger

 

3 Responses to Help with Spekboom project

  1. Viv February 4, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Have you considered the moringa tree? Very interesting and a worthwhile investment in a project like what you speak of. I bought seeds and they sprouted very easily. http://moringatree.co.za/

  2. Pi February 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Wonderful project Sandra, have you seen all the info on this site? I learned about spekboom here, and have been growing some varieties distractedly in pots (and will transfer some to the vacant lot next door). As you probably know there’s quite a lot of info and pics to be found by Googling Spekboom, eg, http://www.spekboom.com Best wishes.

    Thanks for the link to Moringa, Viv, must tell Mum who fiercely guards her drumstick tree. The leaves are considered v healing but seem to be edible only when v young (unless there are other ways of preparing them). One way to ensure a good supply of young leaves is to keep pruning the plant I guess, although that won’t work if someone wants the pods (the drumsticks). However, one can get the drumsticks in season from the markets or most Indian veg shops. We generally cook them in dhal (yum).

  3. Onika Amell March 2, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Sandra, please email me at Onika_Amell@yahoo.com in connection with your spekboom project.

    Regards,
    Onika Amell

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