SCENERY PARK FOOD GARDEN PROJECT, EAST LONDON 29 AUGUST 2023

The newly established NPC company ‘Agri Vision Foundation’, went to Scenery Park in East London to train community members on how to establish food gardens at their homes. Over 50 people were trained, using the ‘Farming God’s Way’ management and technological principles. Emphases were placed on how to use entrepreneural farming start-ups to provide healthy food and hope to the local community.

Phase 1 of the project focussed on how agriculture can brake the cycle of poverty in many townships and rural communities. People were encouraged to see the soil in their gardens as a blessing from God, and to tap into its fruitfulness and potential.

In-field technical training was provided on minimum-till soil preparation, plant spacing, moisture management and mulch ground cover. Management training focussed on good planning, doing things on time and at high standards, and after plant care.

Fifty seed and seedling gardens packs were provided to the trainees. Project facilitators have been identified to follow up these gardens personally and provide further technical training in the weeks to come.

We want to extend our gratefulness to the Scenic Park community leaders and Laeveld Agrochem in making this day possible. Up to 30 people will be sponsored to attend a three-day basic farming course in September. Out of these trainees we want to raise a number of facilitators that can to continue this initiative in the Scenery Park community. During phase 2 of this project two additional demonstration gardens will be planted in January and May 2024. Over the next 12 months training courses will be provided in entrepreneurship and ethical leadership.

For more information on this project and other community based projects in the Eastern Cape, please contact Dr Michael Southwood at fertilegroundgardens@gmail.com