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TEBA helps the community of Mahikeng feed themselves

Nine months ago TEBA facilitated a two-year socio-economic project in Mashikeng, funded by the Chamber of Mines, NUM and the Department of Health, involving the creation of sustainable food gardens.

One thousand households were offered the chance to participate in a permaculture (natural) food garden project. The participants needed their own yard in which to grow the vegetables, a willingness to learn and commitment to the project.

Food and Trees for Africa facilitated the project and spent time teaching the residents of Mashikeng the necessary skills to prepare and care for their vegetable gardens. Each household was given gardening equipment and left to prepare their soil for planting before being given seed.

With no access to the water necessary to ensure plants flourish, nor the funds to buy a sophisticated irrigation system for each household. Food and Trees for Africa demonstrated a low-cost water-saving and labour-saving application using recycled two litre cold-drink bottles.

The vegetable gardens are now thriving and feeding the families of Mashikeng with fresh, healthy food. TEBA is encouraging residents to sell their surplus produce to school-feeding programmes, at stalls at the Grant offices and to local catering companies.