George Municipality steps up food security with food gardens

MARCH 14, 2016

George Municipality launched a new phase of its Food Security Project in the Conville Civic last week.

The Local Economic Development office will be executing the Project from the Worker Collection Point and will work with communities in 10(ten) different wards through appointed Coordinators. 

In addition to the municipal contribution a number of specialist entities have expressed their support and are making direct contributions to the project, these include Starke Ayres, MTO Cape, Kirsten & Tulleken and Grow Green Organics.  Ms Carli Bunding-Venter, Manager:

Local Economic Development said “George is privileged to have rich soil and good weather conditions, specifically suited to vegetable cultivation.  Given the current drought situation in the rest of South Africa, projects such as this will assist the area in ensuring long term sustainability in terms of food security. 

Most importantly, this project focuses on building relationships and trust within and between communities whilst greening our neighbourhoods.”

At the launch event Starke Ayres handed over a substantial seed sponsorship.  The seeds will be distributed through the project coordinators and a large amount of seedlings will be produced at the municipal nursery as well as planned future household and community nurseries. 

A higher success rate when distributing seedlings rather than seed to participants have been noted through ongoing community engagements. 

Image: On the photo are front from left Food Garden Coordinators in their neighborhoods Catherine Rauberheimer (Coordinator in Touwsranten), Bitres Makhanyi (Coordinator in Zone 6, Thembalethu), Phumza Kumalo (Coordinator in Zone 9 Thembalethu), Tilly Phillips ( Coordinator in Pacaltsdorp, Section 13) and Linda Lodewyk ( Coordinator in Lavalia)At the back are Anne Siebert (PhD student from UWC in Urban Food Gardens and Food Security), Desmond Carolus (Project Manager), Angeline Pato (Coordinator in Rosedale), Quintus Smeda (Starke Ayres), Hannah Clark (Coordinator in Rosemoor), Nico van Zyl (Starke Ayres), Isaac Jafta (Coordinator in Newdawn Park, Pacaltsdorp), Amy Kearns (Administrative Officer: Food Gardens Project), Clyde Lamberts (Department of Agriculture), Jean Joubert (Cape Pine-MTO) and Ben Booysen (Department of Agriculture).