Growing the Future
Creating a resilient food system by improving food security
The enterprise offers a three-phase programme. During the first stage, unemployed beneficiaries receive training and inputs in order to implement home gardens. In the second phase, a community garden training centre provides support and market access to new gardeners. Gardeners can acquire land to become smallholder farmers during the last stage.
Each gardener receives a “GreenBox”, a starting kit utilising wicking beds to grow produce in dry areas with poor soil quality. The box, innovative to the region, promotes adaptation to climate change.
Grootbos Foundation’s Growing the Future programme will increase household’s food security and improve access to nutritional locally-produced vegetables and other produce. It includes educational programmes and entrepreneurial community garden training and the provision of household “GreenBoxes.”
Grootbos Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and has promoted the conservation of biodiversity through education, research, management and ecotourism.
Soil for Life assisted the enterprise during its initial stages and currently acts as a consultant regarding management and organisational issues.
South African Department of Agriculture assisted the enterprise in profiling the 120 households selected to participate in the programme.
Local Economic Development Office of the Municipality of Overstrand provided assistance during the initial project planning stages and is supporting the second entrepreneurial stage of the programme with its connection
The 2014 SEED Awards in South Africa are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.
The 2014 SEED Awards in South Africa is supported by Hisense.