Masakhane Community Farm
The Gansbaai Community Farm aims to improve food security (currently the surrounding areas experience 75% food insecurity (2013)) and dietary variety in the greater Gansbaai community by serving as an agricultural support hub.
It serves as a training space for community members teaching the basics of food production with the aim of self-sustainability and as a support on a path to sustainable livelihoods. The basics of soil improvement techniques, composting, plant care, propagation, harvesting and sustainable agriculture practices are all included in the initial training phase.
The second phase is where the graduates are allocated allotments, putting into practice the principles they have learnt. Since inception in August 2016, 99 individuals have participated in the Urban Agriculture training, 45 of whom regularly tend their allottments. 705 of the participants are women. we have trained 45 participants and have approximately 20 regulars tending their allotments.
We have introduced an entrepreneurship component, which 17 individuals have attended.
The Department of Agriculture have committed to implementing 21 home food gardens for our first group of beneficiaries.
Over and above food production, the hope is to support the link between growing food and selling produce and ultimately value added products. The hope is through this project to create solutions for community members to generate income and as mentioned, work towards a point of sustainable livelihoods.
Already some participants are selling surplus produce into the community from their allotments.