The Foundation’s food security project addresses the food insecurity and the adverse impacts of malnourishment in the local communities of Gansbaai and Blompark. According to a need analysis conducted in 2013, as many as 75% of households are moderately to severely food insecure. A staggering 97%, experience anxiety and uncertainty about sufficient household food supply each month.
In response to this dire situation, the food security project aims to establish two community garden centres, one in Masakhane and one in the Blompark community. The aim is to provide training and support for 75 community home gardeners at these community centres and to successfully assist to establish at a home garden at each gardeners home.
The hope is that not only will the home gardens provide a food source for homes but that, in time to come, produce from the gardens will be sold to generate additional income.
Local business owner, Eddie Burger from Burmar Civils, has generously made a 2000m² piece of land available for a community/training garden in the Gansbaai Industrial area, close to Masakhane. The site includes a building to be used as office space and a training facility and the site plan has been drawn up, with a phase-by-phase approach in line with the funding we hope to receive.
Phase 1 will consist of a display garden, children's area, a market/sales area, demonstration garden, gathering area and allotments which will be used as training gardens for community members. We are currently laying out gardens at the site, and will start with our training programme in spring. Watch this space for more news!