Asande community garden is another of our Vision-in-Action stories…..
Sibongile Sityebi and Tamzile Mbiza have achieved a joint income of R6000 for 3 weeks in January, with their growing and selling vegetables to HoH for our veggie box delivery scheme.
Sibongile joined Asande in 2009, arriving in Cape Town from the Eastern Cape where he learned to grow vegetables by helping his parents in their fields. While hanging around Nyanga Junction, Sibongile offered to volunteer his time and energy, earning R50 a day. His passion for growing vegetables gave him an introduction to Abalimi Bezekhaya’s farmer training courses and he has looked forward ever since.
Thamzile Mbiza helped his parents growing vegetables and watermelons and came to Cape Town in 1998, from the Eastern Cape. He met Sibongile socially and was asked if he would like to come and help at Asande washing vegetables. He took the Abalimi Basic Training Course in 2011 and joined the garden as a full member soon after.
There are 5 full members in the garden and they meet every Tuesday afternoon to decide everything together.
The members see many benefits of growing their own food and growing to sell to HoH and the surrounding community.
· Sharing with the community provides fresh, healthy vegetables from the soil
· Making their own money
And gardening has opened doors: visiting parliament and meeting people from Canada and Australia who visit the garden.
Asked what they would say to people who want to be farmers, Sibongile and Thamzile said: know what you want to achieve, work hard and be committed, employ other people who can earn money for themselves and send their kids to school.
The Asande Wish List: Sibongile and Thamzile would like to further their farming skills and look to Abalimi for further training. They, in turn will pass on the training they have received to others. They would like the City of Cape Town to donate another water tank and they are looking for a regular source of composting materials.
Congratulations to Asande Community Garden for your wonderful vegetables. You are an inspiration to us all.