Learn to grow a garden with NPO

2019-07-30 06:00
Soil for Life garden.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Soil for Life garden.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Soil for Life, a non-profit organisation in Constantia is calling for the unemployed and those that love gardening to take part in their 12-week training programme.

The organisation helps residents learn to grow healthy, organic food and to use available resources.

The course which will cover home gardening, how to use fertilisers, planting in containers, how to plant a seed, seasonal planting, how to make the soil fertile, how to recycle among other things is open to anyone. The training costs R15 and participating will get three bags of compost, seeds, mulch and the knowledge that will change their lives for good with that price. The training will start on Monday 19 August.

Programme coordinator Sandy Lewis says: “The course is all about commitment and it is an opportunity that can’t be missed. We want people that will follow through in the 12 weeks and our aim is to get everyone eating healthy and from their gardens,” she says.

Lewis says people must start thinking about the future and eating healthy. “Genetically Modified Organism foods are slowly killing us.

We must start growing our foods in our backyards. We will eat healthy and it will be much cheaper because this food is right at your doorstep,” she says.

There is no need for previous experience in gardening as everything will be taught.

Lewis adds: “Apart from learning to grow a garden some of the people that have taken part in the programme have formed long-lasting friendships and even profitable businesses,” she says.

She also says that even if one is done with the course they can still come to the organisation and some of the people are even supplying them with seedlings.

“So this a lasting relationship we are building. We are also there to support the people that have gone through the programmes,” she says.

They are looking for people in Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Retreat, Delft, Grassy Park, Steenberg.

However, those that want to take part and can get to the nearest areas where there is a garden are welcome. Lessons are done in groups.

V For more information call 073 159 2128

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