Food insecurity is a major problem in South Africa. Our Home Food Gardening Programme gives people the knowledge and tools to grow their own food, even in the most challenging environments.
Since we began in 2002 we have taught thousands of people how to develop productive and sustainable home food gardens. Between 2009 and 2016 we trained 3,930 gardeners in 16 low-income areas of Cape Town including Delft, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Steenberg. Their tiny, green oases are helping feed families and, for some, to generate an income. The benefits are numerous on many levels – for the individuals we train, their families, their communities and the planet.
Long-term support is critical to success. After an initial intensive 12-week training programme our trainers and assistant trainers support and mentor the gardeners for several years afterwards. Most of our trainers are themselves successful home food gardeners.
It costs at least R2,810 to provide the first year of training and support to a new community gardener, so that they can create and develop a productive and sustainable home food garden. Please help us change the world one person and one garden at a time.