THANK YOU SANDY, WE APPRECIATE YOU!The weekend of the 24th and 25th of August saw a buzz of activity at the Somerset West Night Shelter as Urban Harvest arrived with training material and a truck loaded full of organic garden supplies. A project put together and funded by Sandy Immelman, the organic food garden has been months in planning and was successfully implemented with the assistance of the City of Cape Town and the Night Shelter. Ms Immelman’s idea was to up-skill clients in the Night Shelter, giving them organic gardening knowledge, whilst making the Shelter more food secure, thus freeing up funds for other much-needed items, as well as improving the nutritional value of their vegetables. The hope is that there may even be sufficient organic produce for them to sell, giving an opportunity to generate income. Sandy Immelman approached Councillor Pringle who put her in touch with Nomfundo Mdingi – Programme Manager for Poverty Alleviation & Reduction. Ms Mdingi was impressed with the initiative and offered to supply the Shelter with tools, as well as to cater for the two day event. A number of City of Cape Town members attended the training along with Ms Mdingi – including a representative from the Street People’s Programme as well as from Social Development & Early Childhood Development. Ben Getz of Urban Harvest did the training and implementation of the organic food garden with ten of the men in the Night Shelter, along with their auxiliary social worker and the City of Cape Town team. Topics included: What is organic food? Compost building, Bed layout and preparation, Pest control and Maintenance. Each afternoon was filled with practical work as the organic compost heap, seedling nursery and veggie beds were prepared and planted. This organic food garden is a great example of community and City involvement in a sustainable upliftment initiative.
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