Community Food Gardens

in Bergnek

Community Food Gardens

in Bergnek

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Community Garden

We want to restart our community garden to grow food in the hear of our community.
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Bergnek Community Food Gardens address food security challenges faced by the people living in the community. {The community food gardens play an important role in ensuring that residents have a sustainable food supply, they also create opportunities for people to take ownership of improving their own long-term health and well-being}. also provide a means for providing employment and act as a community gathering space, so build social connection too. The gardens include vertical wall gardens for germinating seeds, and cultivated land for growth and harvesting.

Products & Services

  • food
  • fruits
  • nutrition
  • vegetables

Why Support Us?

We live in a remote community that suffers from drought. There is water for drinking and generally enough for basic cooking and cleaning, but it's difficult for local residents to access enough water to grow healthy food. Getting into town is too costly. For our community to thrive, nutrition is key for both the youth and the grandparents too. Yet most members of the community get just one meal a day. Sometimes nothing. They fill their bellies with water when they can. They need more.

The children are the future, but the only jobs that exist in Bergnek are the ones created through community based projects like this one. Lack of employment means most parents have little choice but to leave their children and find work in the nearby cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Affectionately referred to as GoGo's, children are generally raised by their grandparents. GoGo's play a key role in keeping the community alive and running. Their care maintains the bond between the aged and youth, helping children to ground themselves. They look after ALL children – not just their own relatives – and it is critical that they receive enough food.

How

Our community gardens are comprised of vertical walls and an open plot of land. The vertical wall gardens consist of a metal framework that fits plastic tubs in which we cultivate crops. The crops are then transported to the open land, so they can grow ready for harvest.

We use a simple irrigation system that enables locals to work together in producing an affordable supply of nutritious food. Soil is kept fertile by varying the crops and spreading manure gathered from free roaming cattle in local foods.

Additional Information

Community Food gardens are an opportunity for environmental education. It helps people understand waste management and sustainable farming and diversity as well as community engagement. Access to sufficient food is the right of all South Africans, however today many South Africans are vulnerable to food insecurity, leading to nutritional problems including stunting, low body weight, and micro-nutrient malnutrition. Chronically malnourished children suffer from decreased physical activity and lowered immunity. Improving access to nutritious food is a priority for addressing food insecurity. The Bergnek Food Garden is one intervention model that increases the availability of nutrition fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the community of Bergnek

Funds will enable us to establish – and start producing food for – a 200m2 community garden in the heart of our community. As you can see from the photos, we have grown produce here before. Seedlings were established in "vertical walls" consisting of a metal frame holding plastic bottles. They were then planted in the gardens. Everyone loved it. Then the drought came. There was only enough water for drinking and cooking. Everything was lost and no funds left to turn it around. This time we're doing things differently. We'll have a dedicated water supply and training needed to help us to overcome challenges faced.

  • The garden will be fenced to keep livestock out and stop theft.
  • Our budget includes some training and skills development needed to make sure we grow the right plants in terms of durability (drought/frost), maximizing health of topsoil, and providing best nutrition for the community.
  • There is a borehole close to the land, but we will need to purchase a pump.

Also to mention, there are a number of community owned farms a 2-3 km outside Bergnek that we could start to cultivate as things progress. One of the farms has macadamia trees that are not being harvested because the community lacks knowledge for how to use or to sell.

Product Description How Many Market Value
Spinach Bunches ZA R26.9
Cabbage (number of actual cabbages) ZA R25.9
Tomatoes 1 X Packet (40- 400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Onions 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds ) ZA R23.9
Red Chilies 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Carrots Cape Market 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Beetroot Crimson Globe Beetroot seeds 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Rape English Rape Giant seeds 1 X Packet ( 40- 400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Choumoellier Kale Choumoellier Kale seeds 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Green Beans Bush bean seeds 1 X Packet ( 40- 400 seeds ) ZA R25.9
Pumpkin Hybriid Pumpkin seeds 1 X Packet ( 40-400 seeds) ZA R25.9
Water melon Crimson sweet watermelon seeds 1 X Packet ( 40- 400 seeds ) ZA R25.9

Timeline: Preparation

Things they need to do before they can start production.

Task Time
Prepare borehole and connect water pump 1 Week
Add irrigation system 2 Weeks
Purchasing garden tools 1 Week

Timeline: Production

Production Notes First All
Spinach Spinach is a cool-season annual. It needs 6 weeks of cool weather from seed sowing to harvest. 4 Weeks 6 Months
Cabbage Cabbage comes to harvest in 80 to 180 days from seed and in 60 to 105 days from transplants depending upon the variety. 80 -180 days 6 Months
Tomatoes Many varieties of tomatoes take 70 to 80 days from the time that plants are placed in the ground to the time that fruits are ready to harvest 2-3 Months 6 Months
Onions Green onions or scallions can be ready for harvest after only 20 to 30 days. These onions are grown for their tender, green tops and harvested before the bulbs fully form. Pearl onions, sometimes known as pickling onions, are harvested 60 to 90 days after planting when the bulbs are about 1 to 2 inches in diameter 1-3 months 6 Months
Red Chilies The length of growing time for chili peppers varies from pepper to pepper, though most mature in 60-150 days, which is a big range. Sweeter peppers typically mature in 60-90 days, with hotter peppers taking longer. 2-5months
Carrots Carrots grown at home typically take between 70 to 80 days to mature, but some cultivars can take longer. The 'Autumn King' cultivar, for example, can stay in the ground for up to 120 days and tastes sweeter when left in the ground this long. 2-6months 6 Months
Beetroot Days to maturity tend to be between 55 and 70 for most varieties. In other words, plan to harvest beets about 2 months after planting 4 Weeks 2 Mpnths
Rape Rape plants are almost always grown for their seeds, which contain a very high percentage of oil. 90 days 4 months
Choumoellier Kale Kale will be ready for harvest 55 days from transplanting, 70 to 80 days from seed 2-3 Months 3Months
Green Beans Bush green beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Succession plant fresh seeds every two to three weeks for the longest harvest season. 3-4 months 4 Months
Pumpkin pumpkin varieties can grow up to 20 feet long, many newer types are more compact. ... Most types mature in 90 to 100 days, but it can take as long as 120 days for pumpkins to grow 3-4 Months 4 months
Water melon he time it takes for a watermelon to mature can be anywhere from 65 to 90 days after planting 2- 3 Months 3 Months

Budget: Labour

What tasks are involved, who will do them, and how much will they be paid.

Task Member Total Pay
Fence construction Piet ZA R3,600
Set up of irrigation system Philemon ZA R3,700
Daily irrigation / lead gardener Philemon ZA R3,700
Gardener - responsible for 1/3rd garden care Piet ZA R3,700
Gardener - responsible for 1/3rd garden care Rennet ZA R3,700
Gardener - responsible for 1/3rd garden care Isaac ZA R3,700

Budget: Materials

What materials are needed, where they will get them, and how much will they cost.

Description Supplier Cost
Gardening tools: rake, picks, shovel , spade, manure) Builders Warehouse Polokwane ZA R2,500
Seedlings: number of seeds varies - packets include 40-400 seeds each Builders Warehouse Polokwane ZA R500
800m fence Builders Warehouse Polokwane ZA R2,000
Dripline Irrigation System Builders Warehouse Polokwane ZA R3,000
Bergnek,
Limpopo,
South Africa
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