The first shipment of garden produce from the Nukunonu compound in Moamoa, Apia, was sent by the ferry Mataliki to Nukunonu on Monday.
Seia Mika Maiava, manager of the compound, says this is an important step towards Tokelau working on its food security.
Twenty-four bundles of bok choy were washed thoroughly and wrapped in strings of locally grown herbs such as parsley and Indian borage (milikini).
The recipient families can use the bok choy and the leaves of the herbs for cooking. They can then plant the herbs’ stems in their own keyhole gardens that are being established in Tokelau.
With a bit of tender loving care, these stems should regrow into herbs for future use.
“Soon through the Tokelau youth keyhole garden project I will not need to send these vegetables over,” Seia says.
“Each Tokelauan family will be able to grow, harvest and share their own while I continue with Dr Seumanutafa Malcolm Hazelman to mentor and provide technical training we practise ourselves from Samoa.”
Seia says he is also happy to sell cheap vegetables to any Tokelauans in Samoa from the Nukunonu compound in Moamoa.
“And if anyone would like to learn food gardening: we provide a demonstration ground and will be happy to teach.”