“You got something you are looking forward to in the morning. The minute you open your eyes you know you got something to do”
The Masithande Food Garden is situated in Gugulethu and has a production space of 469m².
It was started in 2003 on a dumping place. The former members, including Madalane Nonkolisek Christina who is still an active member, applied for the land because they wanted to grow vegetables for eating and selling.
Madalane Nonkoliseko Christian was born in Langa, here in Cape Town. The other 4 members, Sineli Mbulela Mesmet, Rogo Rolinethi, Manga Thobeka Cynthisa and Sineli Sonwabe Arnold do all come from the Eastern Cape.
Starting to work together with the Department of Agriculture, they were put in contact with Abalimi Bezekhaya through them. They joined the Abalimi Basic Training Course where they learned the basic skills and gathered knowledge about growing organic vegetables on their land. Other workshops followed and in 2009 they got contracted with Harvest of Hope. Since then they sell their beautiful vegetables to our box scheme.
Of course they still take vegetables home and sell or donate it to the community as well. Having fresh and healthy vegetables for their own consumption and for selling over the fence is one of the main benefits the members see in having their garden. Besides it also keeps them busy and gives a regularly income, particularly precious as 4 of the members are unemployed.
The members describe their garden as a little heaven where they can relax from the challenges in their daily lives and exchange ideas or just come together and chat.