|Seedlings in my storage, ready for transplanting|
Unfortunately they don't have large water tanks to harvest rain water and/to store.
On Friday I went with one of my nephews to pick them up. I was happy that they offered me the seedlings, but also very sad that their food source is being decimated.
In the absence of a full garden crop, they will have to buy most of their produce. Unfortunately, with the rising food costs, they'll have to scale down on what they can buy.
Here are some of the photos I took from their garden:
Their garden is as large as mine, which is about the size of small suburban plot. The garden soil is cared for and they do feed it, but it's very sandy and dry. It needs a lot of more compost and mulching to help it retain water.
|This space is around a third of their garden.|
Their seedlings are beautiful and long overdue for transplanting.
|Digging out cabbage seedlings with one of the project members|
This is the kind of water tank that they need.
|My tank also serves as a water source for some community members.|
Also note that registered no-profit organisation, Tshufi Hill are vetted by the Department of Social Development and the Royal Bafokeng NGO Forum, a local umbrella body with almost 90 member organisations. So there are governance structures in place.