A few months back I had the opportunity to work with different people from all walks of life, in creating veggie gardens. I thought I’d revisit both schools and find out how those veggie gardens were doing.

My first veggie garden was created at Golden hours, a school and home for mentally challenged children in Durban North. I was very excited to have gotten a few Varsity College students involved in working with the learners from Golden hours in creating the veggie garden together, which was a great success! Last Friday, I revisited the school to hand out food packs and a sweet treat to all the learners. While I was there I thought I’d take a peak round the corner to see how the garden was doing, only to be met by rows and rows more of veggies and flowers! The principle told me the children were excited about making a difference and decided to collect pots and seeds to add to the garden.

I visited the veggie garden I had created at Thembelihle primary school a month or two back when I planted 20 trees with the entire school on their bare school field. I had worked with the grade 4 class, talking about sustainable living and how we are all able to make a difference no matter how big or small that difference may be. As I walked round the corner, I was met with more tyres full of different veggies! Emma, the grade 4 class teacher told me that the children were so inspired and excited about making a difference within their community, that they had taken on the initiative to collect old recycled tyres and save their pocket money to buy more veggies. I was extremely touched and proud to see that these children were so passionate and excited about making a difference!

It’s been an absolute breath taking experience to interact, educate, motivate, empower and just work with and within my communities as a green ambassador. It has been a journey of endless growth and I’d just like to thank Miss Earth for all the incredible opportunities and experiences!

‘I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that and then I realised, I am somebody. Never forget that at any given time we all have the power and potential to make a difference, no matter how big or small that difference may be.’

With love, Maxine