If you follow us on social media, you’ll know all about the exciting developments with our market garden. Started by some of the children who were bored during lockdown, the project has developed into a thriving commercial enterprise, producing a bumper crop of beetroot (21 kg) and spring onions (4kg) last season.
We want to extend the project further, not only to provide fresh healthy veggies for the kids, but to generate an ongoing income for the Home through the sale of surplus produce. And we’re hoping you might help with a little seed (literally!) money.
Springtime means prep time in the gardens. We’re busy digging, loosening the soil and enriching it with compost. Even the younger kids know not to throw away food waste after meals. They help by scraping it into special bins to decompose, before being emptied onto the compost heap and allowed to break down further. Finally, it’s sifted, before being added to the garden beds.
Now we need to buy vegetable seedlings, gardening implements, gloves and a new hosepipe. We also need to install shade netting to protect crops from Johannesburg’s famous summer hailstorms. And this is where your donation would be such a blessing.
Please will you get involved in the project by contributing towards these needs? Your gift of R250 or R500 not only makes a huge difference right now, in the long term, you’ll help our Home become more sustainable and less reliant on donations in future.
Our chef, William (pictured), recently earned a Certificate in Food Safety Management, so our kitchen can officially sell produce to the public. We’re planning to bottle and sell our excess beetroot, as well as packing and selling dried herbs like rosemary and thyme. We’ll also be offering excess organic compost for sale. Please be part of all this!
Apart from the commercial aspect, our market garden provides fresh, healthy veggies for the children’s meals. And an extra bonus – the chance for the kids to get involved in sowing, weeding and harvesting, under the supervision of head gardener, Tumelo.
It’s not only fun to plant seedlings and watch them grow … to pick fresh carrots, tomatoes, spinach and cabbage for your supper. It’s also a wonderful lesson in self sufficiency. You never need to go hungry if you know how to grow your own food!
So please will you join in by making your donation now?
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