Young green fingers turn budding entrepreneurs

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 07 Jun 2018

Aspiring gardener Alice tending to the bayam grown at Think Green Bunga Tanjong in SMK Tanjong Bunga.

A SECONDARY school is reaping the fruits of labour from their own organic farming.

SMK Tanjong Bunga students have turned into entrepreneurs by selling their own-grown garden produce to their teachers, parents and friends.

The school was introduced to the Eastern & Oriental Berhad’s (E&O) Think Green programme three months ago, before they successfully enjoyed the harvest.

Now the garden on a 180sq m land in the school, named Think Green Bunga Tanjong, is rich with lush vegetables such as spring onions, green and water spinach, and herbs.

The school’s project coordinator M. Kitha said the produce are sold by kilogrammes and the price depends on the current market value.

“The programme has exposed the students to agriculture knowledge.

A student carefully watering the raised vegetable bed set up earlier in the food garden.
A student carefully watering the raised vegetable bed set up earlier in the food garden.

“Our students have developed a keen interest on the initiative and are proactive in making the programme a success.

“It has increased the awareness among students and teachers on organic farming and pesticide-free vegetables,” she said after the launch of the food garden at the school in Tanjung Bungah recently.

School headmistress Faridah Hussain expressed her gratitude to E&O for their help in setting up the green space at the school.

“I hope E&O will continue to support us in its upcoming green programmes under the Think Green umbrella,” she said.

Student L. S. Alice Uvenesvary, 15, said through the programme she has learned how to grow vegetables and prepare compost.

“It’s exciting when we get to harvest our crops,” she said.

E&O community relations manager A. Tharman said it was a great achievement to see how far E&O with the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and schools have come.

Also present at the event were E&O senior general manager Datuk Zawawi Yusop, Education Department district education officer Muhammad Abdul Samad and CAP education officer N.V. Subbarow.

Think Green is aimed at nurturing and inculcating eco-consciousness, healthy living and community spirit in Tanjung Tokong.

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