Need leads to veggie garden Need leads to garden

2016-09-13 06:00
Strandfontein’s Ivan Jones has the community of Lavender Hill at heart – that is why he started a food garden for the community to put food on their tables. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Strandfontein’s Ivan Jones has the community of Lavender Hill at heart – that is why he started a food garden for the community to put food on their tables. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Pastor Ivan Jones from Strandfontein says after noticing the need in the people from Lavender Hill he decided to start a food garden in the area so that he can give out vegetables to those in need.

For over a year he has been planting and harvesting just to give to those who need it the most. “I saw the need in these people and I thought the best way to help is to start a food garden. My wife and I have been working in the area for over 15 years – together we have seen it all. I thought the food garden will help them with something to eat considering that most of them are unemployed and it becomes difficult to put food on the table,” he says.

The project is called Rise Up, Jones explains. “I named it Rise Up because I want people to rise up in the midst of community challenges; rise up against any other setbacks they might be facing. There are so many challenges in this community, but they are good people. We have to help where we can. We also wanted to show the community that you can start a business from the ground up. Unemployment is a killer for our people, and we just had to do something to help. A lot of people go to bed hungry, but thanks to the garden we can help families as well.”

The garden produces butternut, beetroot, spinach and cabbage, among other things.

“Everything we harvest we give to the community – for free. Only the two of us work here. We would like to get more people involved so that we can reach more people as well,” he says.

They work from their own pockets most of the time, but the City of Cape Town helps them now and again. They also need help with seedlings.

“The City helped us with the irrigation system which makes it much better to work in the garden. From time to time they give us seeds as well. We need more because there is a lot that we can do, but we just don’t have enough seedlings,” says Jones.

Apart from the garden there is also an after-school care programme every Thursday.

“We have over 100 kids that come here. We wanted a safe place for them. After school kids play in the courts and when gangs start fighting they are caught up in the crossfire. Others get hurt and in some unfortunate events some have even died. We wanted to protect them – that’s why we started the after-school programme. It has been running for more than a year, growing from strength to strength. We also give them something to eat which comes from the garden while they are here. There are so many different activities that we do with them to keep busy.”V Contact Jones on 076 194 3301

Pastor Irvan Jones from Strandfontein says after noticing the need in the people from Lavender Hill he decided to start a food garden in the area so that he can give out vegetables to those in need.

For over a year he has been planting and harvesting just to give to those who need it the most. “I saw the need in these people and I thought the best way to help is to start a food garden. My wife and I have been working in the area for over 15 years – together we have seen it all. I thought the food garden will help them with something to eat considering that most of them are unemployed and it becomes difficult to put food on the table,” he says.

The project is called Rise Up, Jones explains. “I named it Rise Up because I want people to rise up in the midst of community challenges; rise up against any other setbacks they might be facing. There are so many challenges in this community, but they are good people. We have to help where we can. We also wanted to show the community that you can start a business from the ground up. Unemployment is a killer for our people, and we just had to do something to help. A lot of people go to bed hungry, but thanks to the garden we can help families as well.”

The garden produces butternut, beetroot, spinach and cabbage, among other things.

“Everything we harvest we give to the community – for free. Only the two of us work here. We would like to get more people involved so that we can reach more people as well,” he says.

They work from their own pockets most of the time, but the City of Cape Town helps them now and again. They also need help with seedlings.

“The City helped us with the irrigation system which makes it much better to work in the garden. From time to time they give us seeds as well. We need more because there is a lot that we can do, but we just don’t have enough seedlings,” says Jones.

Apart from the garden there is also an after-school care programme every Thursday.

“We have over 100 kids that come here. We wanted a safe place for them. After school kids play in the courts and when gangs start fighting they are caught up in the crossfire. Others get hurt and in some unfortunate events some have even died. We also give them something to eat which comes from the garden while they are here.”V Contact Jones on 076 194 3301

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