This year has been extremely challenging, to say the least.

As a nation we have faced uncertainty on every level.

From survival to thriving, we have had to unite and make quick and careful decisions based on an urgent and collective need to defend and sustain what is most important to. And the right to healthy, nutritious and accessible food has consistently been at the epicenter of dire need as thousands upon thousands of people desperately seek their next meal.

“FOR UNITY TO BE REAL IT MUST STAND THE SEVEREST STRAIN WITHOUT BREAKING. -MAHATMA GANDHI”

During these challenging times we have realised that immediate and urgent needs are best met locally and that fierce compassion is the keystone of thriving communities. Many of us have received support and witnessed and actively participated in boosting the morale and livelihoods of our fellow neighbours, near and far.

Members of neighbouring communities in the Valley of Grace around Genadendal and Greyton in the Overberg, also came together to action sustainable solutions.

Photo Credit Dylan Haskin

Food distribution was an immediate priority but it soon become clear that in order to secure long-term food security, they needed to implement a plan to unlock their Valley’s ​food-growing resourcefulness, and this is how the Valley Food Gardens initiative began.

“PLANTING A GARDEN IS BELIEVING IN TOMORROW”

 The Valley Food Gardens initiative  is led by Marshall Rinquest, the Greyton Transition Town Director, who has years of experience in supporting permaculture and community-based food gardens in schools and households.

Take a look at how it all began…..

HOW IT WORKS

Five community-based Hubs are being developed, one in each town in the Valley, based with existing successful growers who already have a passion for growing food.

Each community Hub supplies seedlings, compost/manure and support to their members (households), including those receiving food parcels.

The Hubs are being developed over time, with training and coaching into sustainable businesses, based on permaculture principles.

We are preparing a nutrition education campaign to promote leafy greens and other immune system boosting vegetables

Surplus seedlings, produce and manure are for sale to the public and income generated in this manner supports each Hub in further serving their community.

FOR MORE INFO AND HOW TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE, VISIT GREYTON TRANSITION TOWN:
https://www.greytontransitiontown.org.za/valley-food-gardens.html

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