Food Gardens for Africa

trees for allThis programme is essential for ensuring food security and sovereignty in the future. Many communities and schools apply for assistance to develop Permaculture (natural) food gardens. FTFA raises funds to assist as many of these as possible through the provision of training and resources. Projects need commitment, passion and drive to be sustainable. To assess which of the many applicants are worthy of necessary long term investment FTFA offers Permaculture Starter Packs (PSPs). These include resources and on site practical workshops. PSPs range from between R29 500 to R97 500. Three year support of a food garden ranges from R150 000 dependent on infrastructure and other needs.

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Keeping an Eye on Community Development with Tiger Brand

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In 2017, Tiger Brands reached out to Food & Trees for Africa. After community development meetings held in March, vegetable gardens and tree planting initiatives were planned for the year ahead. These initiatives are designed to address food security, carbon sequestration and community greening. 

Since then, FTFA has assessed 22 of Tiger Brands’ NGO partner organisations across the country. 
Our Food Gardens Department then implemented Permaculture Starter Packs (PSP1’s) at 8 selected community food gardens, after which an additional 9 sites were included. These are being implemented this year (2018).
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Nourishing The Nation with Tiger Brands

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Tiger Brands approached FTFA in 2017, to assist with food garden training and support for 8 community feeding schemes which Tiger Brands supports. The training has focused on introducing participants to natural farming methods, and jump starting existing vegetable gardens to maximise production. The permaculture aspects which have been covered work towards ensuring sustainability of these projects. To support the training, resources are provided and include: educational posters, seeds, fruit trees, compost, seedlings, tools and The Growing Green book.

Eventually we hope to work with these community groups to start supplying their feeding schemes with fresh and nutritious vegetables.
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The Success of "Mam Vi"

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Violet “Mam Vi” Mabaso is an entrepreneur in Alexandra Township in Gauteng, who is an integral part of the Molobanyane Co-operative. The co-op was started 5 years ago and she has been the secretary since 2012. While part of the co-op from inception, Mam Vi took an active role from 2014 in the garden and the turnaround has been visibly evident. Coming from a background in farming, she has many years of experience from the traditional methods of her parents and grandparents. She has become the life force of the garden and has been on site every day since. With the assistance of FTFA and various government departments, she has learned new skills to add to her vast inherited knowledge. Her learned profession is interior designing, yet her passion has become her vegetable and herb garden.
 
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Checkers' #ActforChange initiative is changing lives

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Food & Trees for Africa was the beneficiary of the Checkers #ActForChange Fund for the month of September 2016. This initiative was in celebration of Arbor Month to help establish more sustainable food gardens. Consumers got involved by donating R5 or more to the chain’s #ActForChange Fund at Checkers or Checkers Hyper store across the country.
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Growing livelihoods from a former dump site

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A group of staff volunteers from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Quivertree Publications and Food & Trees converged at the Lenin St Market Garden in Alexandra. The City of Joburg (Social Development) and 105 Ward Councillor have supported this initiative since April, along with Urban Fresh. Together the group paid tribute to the incredible work accomplished on the ground by a group of committed women who farm in this urban setting.
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