Community Projects

Urban Harvest is committed to community development through food security and education.

Bringing communities together through growing, harvesting, sharing , preparing and eating healthy food is fundamental to the real development of our people and our environmental resource base. Educating our youth to appreciate and care for our natural environment is essential to a happy and healthy future for us all!

We currently visit 5 community based edible garden projects every week! If you like what you see and you are able to support these projects with resources or funding – please contact us to discuss.

See photos below:

Zerilda Park Primary School – Lavender Hill

Sakumlandela Primary School – Khayelitsha

Makaza Youth Centre – Macassar (Khayeltisha)

Youth Interface Program – Athlone

Sosebenza Youth Centre  – Masiphumelele

Shack Chic!!!

A few months back, Urban Harvest volunteered at Lisa and Sheppards Newly built house in Masiphumelele. Their house which was designed and funded by ‘Eternally Solar’ was made from sand bags to minimize energy costs to the environment.

Urban Harvest was asked to design and set-up an edible and medicinal garden for Lisa and Sheppard and train them in its uses and maintenance.

With the help of Lisa and Sheppard and kids from The Sosebenza Youth Centre we planted – wilde als, pelargonium, papino melon, oregano, thyme, fig, lemon, wilde dagga, bulbinelas, wild garlic, bay, comfrey, yarrow, sour fig, lemon grass, madumbis, mint, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, brocolli, leeks, bak choi, tat soi, beetroot, chinese cabage, celery, parsley, sage……the list goes on!

Check out the pics!!!

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Natalia on October 29, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Hi there

    Please let me know how I can get involved in the community projects.

    Thanks

    Reply

  2. Posted by Angela on December 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Hi

    I would love to start a community project like those above in Philadelphia (near Capt Town). could you please contact me with regards to the costs and strategies.

    Thanks
    Angela

    Reply

  3. Posted by Phyllis Magda on May 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Once I’m trained and confident enough I’d like to start a community project at Motherwell, Port Elizabeth where the need is huge! I belong to Zwartkops Trust, an environmental organization that also does re-cycling and training in Motherwell among many other projects.
    Phyllis Magda

    Reply

  4. brilliant stuff,I find car tyre worm farms work well with all these projects and recommend linking in the win win groups “groundswell” . all the best
    steve

    Reply

  5. Posted by Liesel du Plessis on January 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I am working for an NGO and heard an interview on the radio not so long ago about a lady whom I think might have worked with you and are now staying in Jeffreysbay. She said they are establishing and maintaining food gardens for private individuals.
    I am very interested in this concept. Can you let me know if this Jeffreysbay lady is known to you and if so her contact details?

    Liesel du Plessis

    Reply

  6. Posted by Melanie Glenn on January 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Dear Sir/Madam

    We do holiday programmes in the community

    Our next holiday we would like to focus on edibale gardening

    Kindly forward information regarding your programmes and the cost involve please
    Thank you
    Melanie Glenn

    Reply

    • Posted by Susan on February 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Hi Melanie

      In what area are you situated and for what time are you planning a holiday programme? If you provide me with your e-mail address we could have a conversation.

      kind regards
      Susan Botha

      Reply

  7. Posted by Gene on July 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Hello

    I am involved in the planning of a Grade R class that will be run by the ACVV Koeberg…one of the thing we would like to eventually do is plant a vegetable garden at the school to provide healthy food for the kids. Any info on the edible gardening would be welcome.

    Looking forward to your response
    Gené Tatham

    Reply

  8. Posted by LuthandoMatsila ,Sindiswa lugulwana on February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Hi there

    i have been involve in a community project called Sinebhongo Food Garden situated in Langa township and we plant organic vegetables,make our own seedlings&compost,container gardening etc, and also have unfinished structure that was meant to be a nursery.i would really like to get involve with you guys and also if you can come and visit our garden to see how you can assist us that would be really appreciated

    kind regards
    Luthando Matsila

    Reply

    • Posted by Ben on February 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Luthando,
      Thanks for your interest
      Please feel free to join us tomorrow from 1-4pm at Erica Primary School in Belhar or Next week wednesday in GreenPoint Khayelitsha. If either of these interest you please call/sms me on 072 475 2977 and we can see about picking you up on the way.
      I would also then take you back to your garden and see what/how you guys are doing there…sounds great!
      Best,
      Ben

      Reply

  9. Posted by Carmen on February 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    How do i get myself, community involved with projects and also a garden for our area?

    Reply

  10. Posted by Ben on February 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Carmen,
    Please contact me directly to Discuss details like where you are based and what is your vision:) We would love to support you in making great things happen…
    Call me on 072 475 2977
    Best,
    Ben

    Reply

  11. Posted by maureen on March 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi
    U CAN JOIN THEM AND START TO GROW MAYBE HERBS THAT CAN BE EXPORTED TO INCREASE YOUR CAPITAL.AND WE AT OUR CO-OPERATIVE WOULD LIKE TO GROW MINT 4 CAPITAL GROWING.
    maureen.call me at 0739118074

    Reply

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