Produce price cut for pensioners

2018-09-18 06:00

Pensioners, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), police officers, teachers, social workers and firefighters receive a 10% discount on all produce grown on the Neighbourhood Farm at Kommetjie Primary School.

This discount was implemented on Monday 10 September when residents in the area complained about the exorbitant prices they have to pay for fresh produce.

“I wholeheartedly agree with the residents that those members of our communities that have paid their dues to our society deserve recognition for their contribution. Some felt that they were not included or informed in the various processes that have taken place at Kommetjie Primary and I want to emphasise that the mission of the Neighbourhood Farms are to promote sustainable, ethical and healthy food to local schools and communities,” says Justin Bonello, Founder of Neighbourhood Farms.

He was responding to a letter from Penelope Smith, a retired resident, who was shocked at the price of a cauliflower (R30), how the food security would benefit the community, how locals will play a role, who is benefiting and if it is local neighbouring communities that are going hungry.

“The pilot project to which Smith is referring is working on 11 sites across the Deep South, and Kommetjie Primary was the first site. We aim to increase the availability of healthy food with a minimal footprint. We build skills to produce plant-based food on smaller scales that feed larger environmentally friendly food networks and create local jobs whilst reducing GHG emissions and dependency upon water wasting and polluting food-production processes. We also educate and empower citizens in sustainable farming, climate change, and water and biodiversity conservation by linking project activities to school curricula and skills development,” Bonello replied to her concerns.

Funding was received from the Department of Agriculture (having been classified as a strategic project by the office of the premier) for the South Peninsula pilot project after a full business plan was presented. Support was received in numerous forms, from donations of building materials and plants, to financial support that is specifically ring-fenced for the provision of local jobs and skills development.

“One of our pillars is food security, but it never occurred to us that a privileged community like Kommetjie would be facing the same issues as their severely compromised neighbours in Ocean View, Red Hill and Masiphumelele,” he says.

V Contact Justin Bonello on 082 215 0528 or justin@­neighbourhoodfarm.org.

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