ACFS Star of the Month
It’s easy to see where Jwalane Molaba’s passion lies. The manager of the Jabavu Feeding Centre, Jwalane has a diploma in agriculture under her belt and has overseen the creation of an impressive shaded food garden at the centre.
Jwalane has all sorts of farming tricks up her sleeve, like mulching with straw, interplanting crops with insect-repelling herbs, and installing a rainwater harvesting system. And standing proudly over all these initiatives is a large shade net, generously sponsored by Deloittes. “We grow crops like cabbage, peas, turnips and leaks. If conditions are good, we can harvest 50 bunches of spinach from five small plots. Some of the harvest is used to feed children at our aftercare centre, and some is donated to child-headed households. We also sell some to the community and the gardeners take some home for their tables. The extremely needy get vegetables first. The Jabavu Centre feeds 497 children and 89 beneficiary families – four of whom are child-headed households.”
So what’s next for the Jabavu Centre? “We’re planning to introduce earthworms and a compost heap, which will help enrich our soil and improve our yields,” she says happily.