| Aug 24, 2023
Gearing Up for the New School Year
With the start of the school year around the corner, Dar Taliba students will return to a garden full of produce and activity!
As you know from our last update, we are preparing our botanical learning garden for fall workshops with students. Mr. El Hossain, a local community member, has joined us as a gardener to support deep soil flipping and expanding the cultivation zones. This is a long and ongoing mission, but great progress has been made!
While the girls are away for the summer, the garden is still producing vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The school has arranged distribution of summer harvests for students to enjoy with their families.
The focus of garden maintenance has been on minimizing water loss, especially with the record heat this summer. Our most recent workshop in the garden was dedicated to the oyas irrigation system, an agroecological practice that consists of burying water-filled clay pots underground. This way, water can dissipate into the soil depending on plant needs. It is an extremely water-efficient method that prevents excessive evaporation and water runoff. The girls assisted in burying ten oyas throughout the garden which have proved to be invaluable for this summer’s garden management.
We are excited to welcome the girls back once school is in session. Thanks to the support of our GlobalGiving friends, we are looking forward to another amazing year for the girls of Dar Taliba.