Wild Greens – Expanding from past to present to future

How were things in the past?

Watch this YouTube video on Wild Greens as an example of free healthy food.

How can gathering imifino be included in a heritage food garden?

How are things today?

Sibongile told her children how her mother had taught her to identify edible wild plants (imifino) next to the cattle kraal at the dump (izala) where she would toss out the daily sweepings from around the homestead. That is not possible today, but one of the best places to learn about imifino is at the side of the road on a walk home from school. She had met a lady who had worked with the women of Mpopomeni to re-learn all about imifino and the health benefits of eating green vegetables.

Complete the assignment below.

Unit 3: Wild Greens as a Matter of Concern

What does this mean for us today?

Young Nguni children would learn all about composting, wild foods and how to grow vegetables from their grandmothers (Gogos). Your change challenge is to interview some grandmothers and experienced vegetable gardeners in your neighbourhood. Ask them to share stories about growing vegetables in the old days and get them to help you to grow the vegetables for one meal in your own garden at home.

Below is a multi-cultural, multi-generation narrative story to inspire you to try your own Imifino Green recipes.