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Posted by Wyebank eco buddies , South Africa on 29 December 2016
Pulse display for the foyer
Pulse display for the foyer

This year, Wyebank celebrated the International year of Pulses with a special workshop. Eco Buddies and the school population were made aware of the importance of pulses by the well-researched talk given by Angel, one of the school pupils. She stated that Pulses are very important in food security because they can be grown from seed in our own back yards and since they can be dried very easily they can be stored for long periods. More importantly they are an excellent source of low cost protein and they consume less water in their production than meat.Learners were taught how pulses replace the nitrogen content of the soil thereby enriching the soil. Pulses are also very versatile in cooking and preparation methods. Learners were shown 32 varieties of pulses which are available in stores and how to prepare them was discussed. Pulses were used since ancient times by every ancient culture all over the world, they were a major food source in times of war and drought. It was emphasised that it is certainly not a poor man's food and after a serious of fun identification activities, the Eco-Buddies got the chance to taste the “ riches” of a selection of delicious pulsey dishes. All Eco Buddies almost 30 of them participated in this challenge from grades 8 to 11 ranging from 13 to 19 years old. The challenge was advertised to the entire school population and visitors to our school as an excellent display of pulses and information on them together with interesting ways of preparing them was attractively done on the main display board in the admin area. This challenge was very interesting and easy to execute with the help of Julia Colvin in donating most of the examples of  pulses.


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