There is no amount of words that can equal my appreciation for what ACT has been doing at Richmond…. I have seen drastic changes since this project has started… bringing food [to] the table to some households whom we have identified before as poorest of poor in the community.
With funding received from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, and working in partnership with the Winterskloof & World's View Conservancy Trust and the Duzi-Umngeni Conservation Trust, 130 individuals were trained and mentored to build and maintain sustainable food gardens in Richmond Municipality. Our mentorship team also assisted the Wildlands Conservation Trust in establishing a further 197 gardens.
The project has a strong focus on mentorship and education, particularly with regard to climate change and Conservation Agriculture principles. Members of the implementation team, for example, are in the process of completing an accredited food security course through UNISA. The beneficiaries themselves receive permaculture training and extensive mentorship with the aim of passing on this information to future gardeners. Seed saving workshops have also been conducted and a community garden has been established for demonstration and teaching purposes.
The project is showing excellent results: the beneficiaries are enjoying lush harvests and are demonstrating strong commitment and initiative. The project has also received praise from the local community, (see a few comments here) and the success has even prompted the Richmond Municipality to sponsor another team member to help mentor the gardeners who are thirsty for knowledge.
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