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Food Gardening (organic)

This award-winning (Impumelelo Innovations Silver Award: 2005) organic vegetable and herb garden grown at our earlier location came into being as a project on 1 May 2004. It had a single purpose: to provide healthy, organic vegetables for us to feed our patients, and herbs to use to treat minor medical conditions such as upset stomachs and thrush. Land has been obtained in three schools in Orlando East. Currently we have three sites for food gardening. Besides our food gardens we have established 16 home gardens for our discharged HIV /AIDS patients. We had 10 gardeners trained by Food and Trees and have retained only four of these because of financial constraints

The vision for the Food Gardening project has since expanded to include the following objectives:

  • To become self-sustaining and thereby generate income to support Footprints Hospice.
  • Transport discharged HIV/AIDS patients from their homes to medical facilities for on-going treatment/li>
  • To create jobs-as those we train are expected to replicate the food gardening project and employ others where possible.
  • To provide food security which becomes increasingly significant as food prices escalate.
  • To educate and improve on the health of the community at-large by offering free seminars on various food-gardening-related topics. Winning the above stated award partly reflects vision turned into mission and testifies to our dedication in this aspect.