Making a difference in the community with food gardens

By Melissa Mungroo

Mr Clive Greenstone and Kenneth Gardens resident Mr Gene Green working on their food garden

Mr Clive Greenstone and Kenneth Gardens resident Mr Gene Green working on their food garden

UKZN Lecturer and PhD student at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (SBEDS), Mr Clive Greenstone, has taken his passion for urban ecology and ‘people’s relationship with the soil’ to the next level by starting a communal food garden at Kenneth Gardens.

The Kenneth Gardens Outreach Programme is partnered by both UKZN’s Community Development Programme and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) which sees the promotion and support of food gardens within this chosen area.

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

‘Many residents at Kenneth Gardens already have incredible food gardens and food gardening expertise. Building on these initiatives it is hoped that a community garden for Carrots and Peas will provide both a valuable food resource for their weekly hot meals and be a practical educational garden, that can support the existing urban agricultural practices already implemented within Kenneth Gardens,’ said Greenstone.

Kenneth Gardens residents have already begun using materials and unused space to grow food and have attended gardening workshops hosted by Greenstone.

Other projects that Greenstone will be involved with in coming months are the re-conceptualising and maintenance of the living beehive exhibition at Botanic Gardens and green roof projects in Gauteng.

He is currently working on project managing the eThekwini Municipality Green roof pilot project.

Published first at UKZN.

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