Greater Good South Africa

502e695164ab2The UKZN Community Development Department’s Kenneth Gardens Outreach Project, in partnership with DUT, has now been running for over one year. The project has many components including Primary Health Care, Nutrition, Education, Sports and Arts. There is also an Urban Agriculture component which aims to promote and support food gardening in the community. One of the elements of the Urban Agriculture initiative is to start a communal food garden at Kenneth Gardens.

The produce from the garden will be used by ‘Carrots and Peas’, a community based organisation, largely self-funded, which provides hot meals to residents of Kenneth Gardens and also to Flamingo Court which is situated in Umbilo.

Many residents at Kenneth Garden already have incredible food gardens and food gardening expertise. Building on these initiatives, Bev Ainslie and Gavin Stockden from Urban Greening and Clive Greenstone from UKZNwill run a series of food gardening workshops for interested residents and neighbouring community members.The gardening workshops will be practical sessions where participants will learn while they work on developing sustainable food gardens. The workshop sessions will cover issues such as rooftop agriculture, permaculture techniques, container gardening and more.

The public is invited to these workshops which will take place, free of charge, at Kenneth Gardens. Participants are requested to bring with them something they can donate to the food garden. This could be a few trays of seedlings, a bag of compost, leaves or gardening equipment like a spade, wheelbarrow or pick.  The food garden will act as an educational pilot site for future gardens that can be developed within Kenneth Gardens and in other areas.

The food gardening workshops will take place between 9 – 11:30am on the last Saturday of each month.  The first practical workshop will take place on 29thSeptember where we will cover land-forming techniques for water harvesting and bed preparation facilitated by Urban Greening.

We welcome the participation of all members of the community who are interested in gardening and urban agriculture. Please do join us in this exciting and new journey.

Please contact Clive Greenstone at cgreenstone@mweb.co.za/083 3986902for bookings or further information.

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