Notes to broadcasters
The use of sound effects in this script will help you create an appropriate atmosphere and describe the action that is taking place. Although the narrator tells the audience what is happening, sound effects can enhance and help you to convey the messages. They also improve the visual images for your audience.
You may want to pre-record some of the sounds such as footsteps (approaching and departing), a door closing and birds chirping (and other outdoor sounds) for the garden scene. Make sure you choose background noises that are familiar to your listeners in their everyday life.
Please change the characters’ names to ones that are familiar in your local language. Also, we recommend that you use this script in a series with script 5 in this package, “The forest garden: a garden with shelves.”
Mrs. Sifunda was distressed.
She stood anxiously in the doorway of the house, looking down the road with squinted eyes to see if anyone was coming.
Late last night she had received notice that her husband’s relatives would be arriving from the city.
They would expect a good meal.
She had no vegetables and no cooking oil in the house.
She had only a little bit of chicken.
There was not enough food to prepare a good meal.
Now, in the distance, she could see her daughter, Anna, running towards her.
SOUND OF FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING QUICKLY.
SOUND OF DOOR SHUTTING.
But Anna was gone.
Anna walked quickly down the road.
Past the neighbour’s house and then past the school.
She walked to the other side of the village.
She didn’t stop … until … she reached the house of her friend, Mr. Zulu.
She had arrived at a special supermarket.
SOUNDS OF A FOREST GARDEN (BIRD’S SINGING).
Anna has arrived at the supermarket.
It is the garden beside Mr. Zulu’s house.
She can see Mr. Zulu snoozing under the shade of a coconut palm, at the edge of his forest garden.
That’s what Mr. Zulu calls it — the forest garden.
And it is true that the garden reminds Anna of the real forest — but it’s so close to the village, right beside Mr. Zulu’s house!
Just like a natural forest, the garden has several different layers of plants.
If you look closely you can see the layers — like the many shelves of a supermarket.
On the top layer — the top shelf — there are coconuts and fruits such as mango, avocado, and jackfruit.
On the shelf below that are loquats and persimmons growing on medium-size trees.
Under these — on the third shelf from the top — are even smaller trees — limes, lemons, guavas, bananas, papayas.
The bananas grow well in the clearings between the taller trees.
Throughout the garden you will also find vines — vanilla and passion fruit winding around the trunks of the garden trees.
In the clearings, on the garden floor, Mr. Zulu has planted sweet potatoes, cassava and beans.
Anna knows there are different kinds of spices growing too, such as lemon grass, and trees that will be harvested for firewood.
Anything you need, Mr. Zulu has it in his supermarket garden with all the shelves — firewood, flowers, spices, fruits, building wood, thatch, oils and sugar.
Mr. Zulu is waking up because he has heard Anna’s footsteps.
For your dinner your mother can serve sweet potatoes with fried bananas. See that grove of banana trees? Go along and pick some. Meanwhile I will harvest some sweet potatoes.
In the house I have oil from the palm trees — perhaps your mother needs some cooking oil.
Your relatives will have a fine meal.
FADE IN CHEERFUL MUSIC AND HOLD QUIETLY UNDER DIALOGUE.
And Anna’s mother did prepare a delicious meal for the city visitors.
Anna left Mr. Zulu’s house with a big bag full of fruits and vegetables.
Later in the day Mr. Zulu sent another bag with the sugar and oil that Anna had requested.
There is probably no need to tell you that Mr. Zulu and his forest garden had saved the day.
And the visitors commented that it was good luck to have a supermarket so near!
Why not start a supermarket in your backyard?
A forest garden can provide you with food, medicine, firewood and thatch.
MUSIC FADES IN WITH SOUND OF ANNA SINGING.
There’s a market in my village
It’s the forest at the end of the road
You can get everything from the shelves of the forest garden:
Fruit juice and coconuts and spices on the vines
The tree roots, leaves, nuts, and fruits
Are medicines for you.
Fruits and nuts, oil, furniture and thatch!
All from the garden patch!
Contributed by: Jennifer Pittet, Managing Editor, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network.
Reviewed by: Dr. Helen Hambly, Associate Officer, International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), The Hague, The Netherlands.