Digging deep, our garden blooms into being

by Rachel Prince


Never underestimate the power of collaboration and the generosity of people.  Over the last months the plot of land that we earmarked for our garden over the winter has been molded into a bountiful food garden.

Over a series of workdays and with dozens of generous volunteers from both the local community in Tladi and greater Johannesburg we cleared the land, added rich composts, planted seeds and seedlings, and faithfully watered and worried it all until nature chipped in with heavy spring rains. 

  Volunteers  creating the first stage of our official sign with donated paint.

Volunteers  creating the first stage of our official sign with donated paint.

 Volunteers constructing our raised garden beds. 

Volunteers constructing our raised garden beds. 

 Recruiting some young gardeners from Tladi to help plant our first batch of seedlings. 

Recruiting some young gardeners from Tladi to help plant our first batch of seedlings. 

Special thanks to the probiotic compost and lessons in organic probiotic composting  contributed by Earth Probiotics.

And special thanks to Deloitte & Touche for contributing both financial support and a team of employees to work onsite with us. 


Preparations for spring

by Rachel Prince


July 15, 2014

 

We are proud to announce that with the help of generous friends and sponsors and our dedicated kitchen team we have managed to keep our soup kitchen up and running for one whole year serving a hearty soup lunch three days a week.

Our next goal will be to wean our kitchen off of store-bought produce and onto a supply of fresh community grown veggies from our plot here at Sibhale.

We are currently in the middle of a particularly cold South African winter. Short days of bright sunlight and nights that go down to freezing…not the best time to get new veggies growing.  So in these winter months we use our time to prepare our garden for the coming spring and summer season.

In celebration of Mandela Day on July 18th we will brought the first team in to start building infrastructure for new raised veggie beds, composting system, and vertical garden wall.

The coming weeks will include delivery of fertile organic compost soil, and acquisition of seedlings and seeds to start going in after our last August frost.  We hope the September rains will start just in time to give our garden the life that it needs to blossom into a nourishing spring bounty. 

Work gloves are going on so we will type the next update soon.

Thanks for reading and your continued support.