Grow Food in !Xairu
- By: Michelene Benson
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/grow-food-in-xairu
We are raising funds for the !Xairu !Xnau Garden Regeneration Project which operates in Suurbraak - a rural village outside Swellendam in the Overberg region of Cape Town.
In the rural community of Suurbraak (original name !Xairu meaning Paradise), the high price of rainwater storage and municipal water, as well as the current resource-intensive mode of gardening, do not enable cost-effective food production, even though people have access to land.
By establishing container food-gardens, families will have a cost-and-water effective way to produce vitamin-rich and nutritious vegetables and will ultimately impact on the long term food security of the most vulnerable families in the community.
The objectives of the container garden pilot project are:
• To supply three (+/-) 1.5 meter squared (plastic lined, recycled pallet wood) plant containers to forty families
• To supply compost and seedlings
• To offer assistance with the planting of seedlings
• Install a simple and cost effective, deep watering system (made from recycled 2L cool drink bottles) in the containers.
Each month, the previous month’s participants will receive an additional box to introduce the idea of succession planting.
During the pilot phase, we are encouraging children and older youth to be part of the project in an effort to ensure food security for their generation.
Reaching our target will mean that the project will implement container gardening as a viable alternative to conventional gardening and promote organic gardening concepts as they relate to companion, rotation and succession-planting.
Forty families will be growing food for themselves
Children and older youth will be able to harvest healthy organic vegetables from their container gardens
The community of Suurbraak will receive training and support in permaculture gardening techniques
One of the primary outcomes of the first phase will be the development of an easily replicable programme that can be implemented in other rural and urban communities. Interest has already been expressed by communities and organisations in the Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal.
Funds will be used to acquire:
1. Pallets/wood for containers
2. Plastic lining for containers
3. Used 2l plastic bottles
5. Seedlings (about 70 per box)
6. Stipend for volunteered labour
As far as possible we ask for these items to be donated but to sustain momentum in the project we need to purchase them from time to time.
We plan to install 120 boxes in total - 3 boxes X 40 families throughout the village.
At an average cost of R360 for a complete installation of a planted box, we need to raise a total amount of R43 200.00 for the pilot project.
- Jul 27, 2020 - USD $ 17.92
- "Excellent initiative- keep it up." - Anonymous
- Jul 08, 2020 - R 3 780.00
- "This is such an inspiring project - I fondly remember the wholesome meal I enjoyed with all the ingredients sourced from your own garden. " - Ian Barbier
- Jul 08, 2020 - R 3 000.00
Donation for the Suurbraak Community Food Charity" - Africamarine Ships Agency
- Jul 05, 2020 - USD $ 23.41
- "Food security- a worthwhile cause " - Anonymous
- Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 17.43
- "A worthy cause." - Anonymous
- Jun 29, 2020 - R 212.00
Love and light" - Alex
- Jun 26, 2020 - R 500.00
- "You are doing historic work wrt food security" - Malotane Henkeman
- Jun 26, 2020 - R 378.00
- "Great great project!!" - Conor
- Jun 23, 2020 - USD $ 11.50
- "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow - Audrey Hepburn" - Kim Gabriel-Dixon
- Jun 21, 2020 - R 315.00
- "Sponsoring one complete box" - Michelene