Jwalane's our gardening guru

ACFS food gardens are thriving under the watchful eye of Jwalane Malaba (pictured), who runs the food gardens at our seven feeding centres.

“We have 269 food gardeners. We try to harvest something every day and share it among the farmers and the malnutrition centres.”

As the gardens become more productive, the community becomes more enthusiastic about gardening. “They realise they can feed their families and earn an income from gardening. We have five beneficiaries who are growing vegetables at schools and selling their produce to the schools. The income is paying for their school and university fees,” says Jwalane.

Meet Victoria, one of our food gardeners.

Victoria Komsana has been working the gardens at our Zola centre for four years.

“I like to work with the soil. It is important to grow food for my family. I have to feed three children under the age of 12 and a husband; and my husband only has part time work,” says Victoria, who originates from the Ciskei.

Victoria is rewarded for her efforts with good crops of cabbage, potatoes, spinach and pumpkin but says the heat wave in December 2018 was terrible. “I had a beautiful crop but it was so hot, the plants became distressed. But that’s farming. It is not easy but we must carry on and work hard.”

Thanks to all our donors for helping gardeners like Victoria provide fresh food for their families.



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