Nursing sister turns gardener

2016-05-17 06:00
Sthombe Mkhize in her bean garden.PHOTO: kalisha naicker

Sthombe Mkhize in her bean garden.PHOTO: kalisha naicker

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UPPER Highway nursing sister Sthombe Mkhize is changing her community - one garden at a time.

Speaking to the Fever the 53-year-old said that although she is a nurse by profession, she has taken interest in small-scale commercial farming in Ngcolosi near Inanda dam.

“I am currently out of work and instead of wasting my time, I obtained land from Chief Bhengu of Ngcolosi, and with the help of Induna Mr Ndlela, I planted vegetables which not only feeds the community, but provides jobs as well,” she said.

Mkhize said she began planting beans this season.
“I chose beans because I planted in February, which is bean-planting season. Otherwise I am keen on doing leafy vegetables.”

She said that there is a definite need for this project in the community.

“I feel that there is a need to plant vegetables, not only due to inflation, but food prices, especially vegetables, have skyrocketed.”

She urged people with gardening skills to start food gardens in their area.
“I believe this project will inspire gardeners, that in spite of the drought, there is some production to be done, it’s possible if one’s determined.”

Mkhize also appealed to businesses to assist in making this project a success. “Although I am doing the best I can with what supplies I have, I want to make this project bigger and better,” she said.

“I appeal to sponsors for funding for my next operation which is cabbage planting. For my field I require 15 000 cabbage seedlings, fertiliser and tools, which is a costly venture,” she said.

“Any help I can get in terms of funds and volunteers will be greatly appreciated.”

To assist Mkhize, email

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