My World In a Garden®, South Africa
Food shortage is an issue in South African rural and urban townships, preventing basic nourishment to those who need it most. The extremely high incidence of HIV/AIDS increases the desperate need for good nutrition as a requirement for survival and the opportunity to have a quality of life that is as “normal” as possible.
My World, My Garden, working in South African communities and schools under the My World In A Garden® name, helps communities set up a farming system that can feed every community member and address indigenous nutritional needs. This program goes beyond just feeding communities: it delivers lifelong skills that enable communities to turn their crops into organic sustainable micro-gardens that nourish and create enterprise for now and future generations.
My World, My Garden also helps foster healthy eating habits through daily meals in community kitchens for the young and elderly. Meals are available for purchase by other members of the community. Working with schools and crèches, we ensure the most vulnerable are provided with either meals or fresh ingredients to produce meals.
This program engages with every age level of the community and empowers participants to see what is within their grasp. Not only can they grow and produce food for today, but they can grow and learn more refined agriculture and business skills that are transferable and can be adapted to the unique needs of a community.
As with all My Arms Wide Open projects, the program is driven by the communities. We facilitate the learning; participants apply that knowledge to the specific needs of their community.
Through My World, My Garden, donors can extend the value of food beyond immediate and desperate needs of feeding and support the development of skills that reverse the trend from dependency to empowerment.
Participants learn about:
- Resource management
- Organic food growing
- Tending the gardens effectively
- Increasing output to soil sustainable levels
- Composting of vegetable waste back into the garden
- Harvesting, processing and storage
- Food production for daily needs (recipes) and for sale
- Fun food production and re-sale
- Excess production to sell into community kitchens
- Symbiotic relationships between foods both in and out of the garden
- Recycling and composting
- Manzimvula Ventures, Inc.
- The Sustainability Institute
- Champions of the Environment Foundation
- Vital Edge Consulting
- Gardens in a Bottle
- My Business, My Community
- My Family, My Community
NOTE: My World In a Garden® is a registered trademark in South Africa and the use of the mark refers solely to the My Arms Wide Open vertical garden projects in South Africa. My Arms Wide Open vertical garden projects in Canada will be named by the communities they are built to serve.
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