To donate to any of these projects please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Any amount can be put to good use.
Organic Community Farm Projects – How will the farms be operated?
Maize, soybeans, apples, oranges, lemons, almonds, pecans, peaches, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, carrots, squash, cooking herbs, medicinal herbs, tea tree (essential oil) trees, grapes,
The farm will not be sectioned in monocultures and orchards but rather grown in a food forest with large groups of trees, vegetables, herbs, flowers. Plants have different benefits and can help each grow better by attracting bees, warding off pests, sheltering fragile specimens, providing support structures for grapevines to grow on, etc. It will also be easier to contain viral bacterial and pest outbreaks. Because there are different plants in the same area, the soil microbes are always kept alive and there is much less soil erosion. Labour resources from the homeless shelter mean that harvesting by hand is possible so less heavy machinery is used which helps farming not be so destructive on the environment.
It will be similar to botanical gardens and members of the public can picnic in demarcated areas on the weekends and also buy from the farm. This is all designed to further increase revenue for the homeless shelter, so that the inhabitants can earn an income.
Farming will be done organically so as to prevent harmful poisons entering the food chain and preserving our fertile South African soil. Residents and consumers will enjoy better health and less medical costs from the increased nutritional values in the food.
Because of seed saving, each year more seed will be planted and harvests will increase exponentially, thereby providing the homeless and destitute the opportunity to earn an income from a project that they have an active part in.
Mulch and ground covers, use of carbon filtered greywater from nearby housing, rainwater storage, shade netting and trees will assist in the retention of water and the reduction in water use. This will be needed if current weather patterns persist.
Free range chicken farming ensures healthy eggs and chickens for the communities without animal abuse as with battery systems.
Hives for honey bees will be installed which will assist with pollination of the fruit and nut trees on the farm but will also allow for the nurturing of colonies of honey bees and there will possibly be HUMANE and INFREQUENT collection of honey. Bees need to be preserved because of their vital role in our ecosystem.
Residents that don’t enjoy farming will have the support structure to study and depending on what they study and what their choices are they can also assist the community in other ways for example building and fixing the structures and implements on the farm, daycare and school staff, etc.
Small scale permaculture farming benefits:
Increased yields and less input costs in the long run. This will result in reduced food prices nationwide within a few years. Ethical Suppliers will redistribute wealth in South Africa and beyond and increase the amount of natural resources produced by Africa which will further ensure opportunities for wealth generation and economic independence.
Seed saving is the only way that South Africa can remain GM free and retain agricultural independence and gene diversity. Ethical Suppliers aims to assist emerging farmers by providing seed saving workshops so that farmers can enjoy exponential harvest increases and reduced farming input costs.
Shelters for Homeless and Abused Men, Women and Children
We plan to set up as many of these low cost houses as we can. Electricity will be from biogas digestors and solar devices and in exchange for accommodation and food the inhabitants will assist in maintaining the organic farms. The farms will be profitable in the long run but in the short term they will more than likely only support the inhabitants but that is acceptable – the more people we can help get off the streets the more we can reduce the need for charity.
Service provider we will use: email@example.com OR www.prefabwakahomes.co.za OR 074 113 6141 ERIKA
Apart from acting as a preservation agency the Seed Bank will also give free seed to farmers and encourage more organic farming, more food security, more natural resources and opportunities for wealth creation.