Eight people from Ubuntu 4 all got their hands dirty on Saturday October 1, clearing a small patch of land made available to them by the Domestic Animal Rescue Group (Dard) to create a vegetable garden.
The aim of the Ubuntu@Darg Vegetable Garden project is to provide an avenue for skills training and to generate income for the participants by selling the produce.
Ubuntu 4 All is an NPO, which creates opportunities to change the lives of children, and their families in Imizamo Yethu by providing counselling, social support, skills training and personal empowerment strategies.
The young urban farmers were supported by a team from Thrive Hout Bay who helped them clear the land and prepare it for planting.
Darg fundraiser, Debra Buys said the organisation is proud to be part of this programme that has the potential to change the lives of many in the community.
Ubuntu 4 All founder, Sylke Funk said the garden project with Darg and Thrive Hout Bay is one of its skills programmes.
She added that Ubuntu 4 All’s skills programme is trying to connect both the aspect of fun and development by establishing interesting activities such as gardening, making biltong, jewellery, woodwork, and photography in which participants are gaining useful skills to earn money.
Thrive founder, Bronwen Lan-kers-Byrne said Thrive will be providing consultative services to manage the Ubuntu@Darg Vegetable Garden.
Produce from the garden will be sold at the monthly Darg market and at the Thrive Organic Market at Valley Farmstall.
Visit the market tomorrow, Saturday October 8, for a variety of fresh organic produce from school and community gardens in Hout Bay.
To sponsor garden equipment to the Ubuntu farmers, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the list of equipment needed.